Felice Migliori's bust (1)

This Felice Migliori's bronze bust can be found in the courtyard leading to the main entrance of the “Ospedale Civile dell'Annunziata" in Cosenza and remembers one of the most influent surgeon of his time.

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Few days before his death, exactly on 19th april 1915, the countrymen decided to dedicate him a bronze bust where a memorial tablet remembers the greatness of the work he made, always with a strong feeling of charity1.

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The original Italian inscription reads as follow: “DI FELICE MIGLIORI/ CLINICO CHIRURGO ESPERTISSIMO/ ANCOR VIVENTE/ VOLLE LA CLASSE MEDICA COSENTINA/ PERPETUATE SUL BRONZO LE SEMBIANZE/ IN QUESTO OSPEDALE/ PER QUARANTA ANNI TESTIMONE/ DELL’INFATICATA OPERA DI LUI/ FATTA DI CARITA’ E DI DOTTRINA”.

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Unfortunately the text does not reverse in good conditions, but the same inscription is written on another bust situated at the entrance in the General Surgery department of the Hospital.
The original bust does not exist anymore, because during the Second World War it had been used to obtain weapons and ammunition2.
This reproduction was scuptured by Ermanno Germanò as the insciption on the left side says.

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On the right side of the pedestal there is another inscription which explains that it is a reproduction realized on September 1952: “QUESTO RICORDO HA SOSTITUITO A CURA/ DELL’OSPEDALE DELL’ANNUNZIATA/ QUELLO ORIGINARIO/ IL CUI BRONZO ERA STATO/ REQUISITO A SCOPO DI/ GUERRA NEL 40/ SETTEMBRE 1952”.

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  • Photos and main text by Emma Capparelli moc.liamg|ammeillerappac#| and Tommaso Mancuso ti.orebil|99.osucnam_osammot#| (December 2017)
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Bibliography

- Antonio Petrassi, L'Ospedale dell'Annunziata ed i Grandi Medici calabresi, Editoriale Bios, Castrolibero 2005, pp. 92-94

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