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August 22, 2018

Malpighi Glomerulus

Malpighi, Malpighi Glomerulus

How long have we known about glomeruli? Today’s teaching point is offered in honor of Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694), the Italian anatomist who is credited with having published the world’s first accurate description of glomerular structure (Bologna, Italy 1666). We learn from those who teach us!

Malpighi Glomerulus, glom in renal biopsy

Bellomo G. A short history of ‘glomerulus’. Clin Kidney J. 2013 Apr;6(2):250-1. PMID: 26019863

Fogazzi GB. The description of the renal glomeruli by Marcello Malpighi. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 1997 Oct;12(10):2191-2. PMID: 9351094.

Image Credit (for oil painting, Malpighi): Wellcome Collection (

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