The man and the physician who greatly contributed to the Pathology teaching in Brazil

Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos, Editor-in-chief Autopsy and Case Reports, Universidade de São Paulo, University Hospital Internal Medicine Department, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

The History of Medicine is fascinating, particularly, the History of Pathology with its thoroughgoing changes in the understanding of the diseases and their treatment. Over the centuries, many names could be highlighted and even then, we would still forget notorious physicians, for sure. Dr. Luigi Bogliolo, the Pathologist of Italian origin, was born at the dawn of the 20th century, migrated to Brazil (arrival 1940) with his Jewish spouse, fleeing the Nazi persecution during the II World War.

After his graduation in Medicine, Dr. Bogliolo’s companions, in Italy, was represented by illustrious names like Enrico E. Franco and Cesare Sacerdotti that greatly influenced his professionalism. Among his publications, important knowledge was added to the knowledge of Leishmaniasis and tumors. Contributions of Dr. Bogliolo to the teaching of Pathology in Brazil started in Rio de Janeiro, where he first landed and went on in the University of Minas Gerais, where he performed countless autopsies favoring the clinicopathological conferences, so crucial to the novices’ skills in clinical reasoning. Dr. Bogliolo wrote the first Brazilian compendium on Anatomic Pathology, which is, to date, updated continuously under the responsibility of Professor Geraldo Brasileiro Filho.

Imagem: Luigi Bogliolo.

The memory of this Doctor, who outstandingly contributed to the teaching of Pathology in Brazil, valuing the autopsies as an important teaching tool, lives up to the current moment when the autopsy revives the fundamental instrument for understanding the new pandemic that has been plaguing the World in the 21st century.

In this Editorial “Luigi Bogliolo: Master of a glorious lineage” published in Autopsy Case and Report (vol. 10, no. 4), , Dr. Otavio Savassi Rocha describes the life of Dr. Bogliolo and their relationship at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Unfortunately, to date, the world has been watching the declining number of Autopsies for uncountable reasons. However, “these excuses” do not convince a portion of the medical community that still believes in Morgani’s wise teachings “the physicians who have done or seen many autopsies have learned at least to mistrust their diagnoses, while those who do not confront themselves with the often discouraging findings of post mortem examination live in the clouds of a vain illusion.”

To read the article, acess

ROCHA, L. O. S. Luigi Bogliolo: master of a glorious lineage. [editorial]. Autops Case Rep [online]. 2020, vol 10, no. 04 [viewed 04 January 2021]. Available from:

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