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25-04-2024 | Polio Virus | History of Neurology

A depiction of poliomyelitis in a 17th -century Piedmontese fresco?

Authors: Paolo Mazzarello, Elena Varotto, Francesco Maria Galassi

Published in: Neurological Sciences

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Abstract

Introduction

A potential representation of poliomyelitis is investigated in an Italian artwork.

Materials and Methods

A 17th century Piedmontese fresco is analyzed by combining historico-medical, palaeopathological and clinical approaches. Alternative diagnoses are considered.

Results, Discussion and Conclusions

The man appearing in the fresco holding a crutch is characterized by an atrophic left leg reminiscent of poliomyelitic atrophic. Other congenital anomalies or cerebrovascular causes appear less likely. A reflection on the difficulty of retrospectively diagnosis poliomyelitis is offered.
Metadata
Title
A depiction of poliomyelitis in a 17th -century Piedmontese fresco?
Authors
Paolo Mazzarello
Elena Varotto
Francesco Maria Galassi
Publication date
25-04-2024
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Keyword
Polio Virus
Published in
Neurological Sciences
Print ISSN: 1590-1874
Electronic ISSN: 1590-3478
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-024-07531-7