The italian inscription reads as follows: "A / FRANCESCO RIZZOLI / CHE IN SE CONGIUNSE ED ACCREBBE / I PREGI DE' NOSTRI SOMMI CHIRURGHI / E TRA LE ALTEZZE DEGLI ONORI / VISSE CON UMILTA' / SERBANDO LE ACQUISTATE DOVIZIE / ALLA FONDAZIONE ED AL PATRIMONIO / DI UNO SPEDALE ORTOPEDICO / I PROFESSORI DI QUESTO ATENEO / AL COLLEGA / ORNAMENTO DELLA SCIENZA E DELLA PATRIA / CON AFFETTUOSA REVERENZA / DEDICARONO / —— / MDCCCLXXX".
The monument was inaugurated in 1880, the same year of the death of the celebrated surgeon, and remembers that Rizzoli, not having a family of his own, "donated all his riches (about three million lire) to the provincial administration of Bologna to fulfill his dream of founding a large, clean and modern hospital, ouside the city on the hillside, 'for the prevention and treatment of the deformations of the body'. Rizzoli died a few weeks after signing the purchase of the big building, which was inaugurated in 1869 and today is known as the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli"1.
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