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dc.description.abstractMummy studies help scientists to reconstruct both the evolution and manifestation of past dis-eases as well as the lifestyles and the habits of the ancient populations. They also help to gain insights into their funerary rites, which are a refl ection of the community spiritual beliefs. Last but not least, the study of embalmed corpses reveals the evolution of the mortuary practices. After the 1840’s, new embalming methods were developed; these coupled the use of chemical solution and arterial injection thus allowing the corpses to maintain their integrity (no exter-nal lacerations) together with a life-like appearance. An extremely interesting case of modern chemical embalming is that of Rosalia Lombardo (1918-1920), a two years old girl who died in Palermo. Her cadaver is housed in the Capuchin Catacombs of the Sicilian capital. Both her cause of death and the procedure used in her embalming are still enigmatic. Her embalming has been allegedly attributed to Alfredo Salafi a, a renowned Palermitan embalmer. This paper addresses the most recent fi ndings emerged from our re-analysis of Rosalia’s case; furthermore, the cosmetic treatment of Rosalia’s mummy is compared with those of Ernesto Salafi a Maggio and Giovanni Paterniti, two individuals whose bodies were embalmed by Alfredo Salafia.en_US
dc.publisher.nameFirenze University Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofItalian Journal of Anatomy and Embriologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries1/126 (2022)en_US
dc.subjectmodern embalming, anatomy, mummification, waxen_US
dc.subjectrestoratove arts, history of medicine, mummyen_US
dc.titleWhat lies behind the embalmed body of Rosalia Lombardo (1918-1920)?en_US
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dc.description.obiettivoSpecifico3TM. Comunicazioneen_US
dc.description.journalTypeN/A or not JCRen_US
dc.contributor.authorBianucci, Raffaella-
dc.contributor.authorGalassi, Francesco Maria-
dc.contributor.authorLanza, Tiziana-
dc.contributor.authorMattutino, Grazia-
dc.contributor.authorNerlich, Andreas G-
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Cultures and Societies, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy/The Ronin Institute, Montclair, NJ, USAen_US
dc.contributor.departmentFAPAB Research Center, Avola (SR), Italyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentIstituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Sezione AC, Roma, Italiaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentLegal Medicine Section, Department of Public and Pediatric Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute of Pathology, Academic Clinic Munich-Bogenhausen, Munich, Germanyen_US
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crisitem.department.parentorgIstituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia- Medical School, Biomedical Sciences, The University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK. - UMR 7268, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie bio-culturelle, Droit, Etique & Santé (Adés), Faculté de Médecine de Marseille, France.- Research Center, Avola (SR) Sicily, Italy- Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Sezione AC, Roma, Italia- Medicine Section, Department of Public and Pediatric Science, University of Turin, Turin, Italy- of Pathology, Academic Clinic Munich-Bogenhausen, Munich, Germany.- Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia-
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