Historical Heritage and Medical Progress: the Destiny of the Scientific Collections in the "Modern" Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence

Esther Diana


The scientific collections of Florentine Santa Maria Nuova Hospital stimulated new interest in the second half of eigthteenth century. Indeed, the modernization process of the Hospital lead to a steadily increasing alienation of its rich historical heritage, including the scientific collections. Archive documents witness the sale or the museum valorization of a number of collections including mathematical instruments and the anatomical, surgical and wax-obstetrical ones.



Key words: Santa Maria Nuova Hospital - Scientific collections

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