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August 22, 2018

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!

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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