Sudden Death in Rome, 1705: Giovanni Lancisi, Pope Clement XI, and the Tale of a Book

Paul Kligfield, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Pope Clement XI asked his papal physician Lancisi to investigate a perceived epidemic of sudden death in Rome in 1705. After discussing the origin of Lancisi's De Subitaneis Mortibus (On Sudden Death) in the context of early 18th century cardiology, Dr. Kligfield will briefly trace the history of the copy of the book given by Lancisi to Pope Clement XI, down to the present day. On display in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room on the evening of the lecture will be the copy of the book owned by the pope as well as the copy from the Academy Library’s collection and a group of other cardiology books of historical interest and importance.


Advance registration is required.