Luigi Sacco

Luigi Sacco (b.: Varese, Italy, 9 March 1769; d. Milan, Italy, 26 December 1836) was the first italian physician to understand the value of the vaccination, discovered in 1798 by Edward Jenner, to fight the smallpox. Sacco rapidly took possession of the new method and, in the same year, began to spread it with extraordinary success in northern Italy. From 1803, Sacco became physician in chief of The Ospedale Maggiore, or Ca' Granda, in Milan. Luigi Sacco’s main work are the “Osservazioni pratiche sull’uso del vajuolo vaccino come preservativo del vajuolo umano” (Milano 1801).

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  • G.Cosmacini, Biografia della Ca' Granda. Uomini e idee dell'Ospedale Maggiore di Milano, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2001, pp. 120, 122.

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