[Antiquitates Veronensiae]




de Beer Itc 1648 P



[Padua]: Pauli Frambotti


For nearly 40 years, my research interests have included the causes and control of breast cancer and cervical cancer. A famous pioneer in cancer epidemiology was an Italian surgeon, Domenico Rigoni-Stern (b.1810). In 1842 he published a classic paper, analysing the deaths attributed to cancer in the population of Verona between 1760 and 1839. He concluded that single [‘nubile’] women – a group which included many nuns – had a higher risk of breast cancer, but a lower risk of uterine cancer, than married women. The majority of uterine malignancies in those days would have been cervical cancers. Many subsequent studies have confirmed a low risk of cervical cancer among nuns. In lecturing on this subject, both here and overseas, I have wanted to show a picture of Verona in earlier times. I found this beautiful engraving in Special Collections which was donated to the University by Dr Esmond de Beer.
(Chosen by Professor David Skegg, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Otago)


cab 17 - verona.jpg


Onofrio Panvinio, “[Antiquitates Veronensiae],” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed February 7, 2023, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/9917.