After Visiting TUMS Iranian Tissue Bank, Dr. Giovanni Fogazzi Visits TUMS National Museum of Medical Science History of Iran

Dr.- Foagazzi-TUMS-Oct-2012-Dr. Giovanni Fogazzi, an Italian nephrologist and researcher, who was in Iran to conduct an international urinalysis workshop in kidney transplantation in Isfahan, visited TUMS National Museum of Medical Science History of Iran after having met with authorities of Iranian Tissue Bank, Research and Preparation Center on October 10, 2012.


While being accompanied by Professor Mitra Mahdavi Mazdeh, a nephrologist and the Head of Iranian Tissues Bank, Preparation and Research Center, Dr. Fogazzi said “This is an interesting museum, particularly the sections with book exhibition, the one for the first ophthalmologist and the pharmacy because the accommodation is very good and gives you a very comprehensive idea of what the situation was [in the past]. So, that’s very important. Nowadays, events happen very fast and it is very easy to forget the past but we should not forget the past, because if we do not know the past we do not know where we come from. So it is important to have an idea of the past”.

Being introduced by Prof. Mahdavi as a person having established and run a medical museum in Italy, Dr. Fogazzi said “I was a historian of the science of nephrology in Italy for some years, but gradually it took a lot of time and it was not rewarding. You know historical research takes a lot of time. But I am still a historian of urine microscopy, so everything connected to my subject is very important to me”.

He also added that “Many things that we are thinking about them as new [subjects] they were already known 100 years ago. So it is interesting [to know] that many knowledgeable people who used to look at urine were as good as we are now.

Inquired by Prof. Mahdavi on the museum he had organized in Milan, Italy, Dr. Fogazzi said “In 2009 there was this World Congress of Nephrology and there was also satellite symposium all devoted to nephrology in developing countries, located in the State University of Milan. This University is based in an ancient building which was built in 15th century and it was the biggest hospital in Milan and for some period it was the biggest hospital in Europe. At the opening of the satellite symposium we organized an exhibition of old books related to kidney diseases and the sources of those books were the collection of the hospital which has a very large library with more than 100,000 medical books, from the private collection of Dr. Professor Soreini, who is a big collector and invests a lot of money on these things and some books came from my own collection and we showed the most important books on kidney diseases, which were published throughout the 17th century until the beginning of the 20th century. And this museum was very interesting, he concluded.