"Professor Piero Palagi, one of the best known and most colorful of the orthopaedic surgeons in Italy, died in Florence on March 18, 1947.
He was born on December 29, 1879, in Bibbiena, Tuscany.
He graduated from medical school in Florence in 1902, and did postgraduate work at the hospitals for internal medicine and general surgery in Florence until 1905.
In 1906 he became associated with the great orthopaedic hospital, Istituto del Rachitici, in Milan, where he worked for nearly three years.
Subsequently Palagi did postgraduate work at other orthopaedic institutions abroad, mostly in Germany.
During the first World War he was a distinguished military surgeon, and was head of the first specialized service for the treatment of bone and joint casualties.
After the war, Palagi was nominated chief of the section of orthopaedic and traumatic surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Florence; he directed that service from November 1918 to May 1923, when he became chief of the Istituto Ortopedico Toscano, the orthopaedic hospital of the University.
Palagi contributed greatly to the diffusion of orthopaedic knowledge throughout the profession and to the realization of the importance of orthopaedic surgery which, until a few years before, had been considered a minor branch of surgery.
Together with Vittorio Putti, his lifelong and intimate friend, Palagi undertook a true crusade for the early recognition and treatment of congenital dislocation of the hip, a frequent disease in Italy, particularly in Tuscany.
He made several important contributions in more than fifty scientific papers, monographs, and reports at Italian and international meetings.
Aside from his qualities as surgeon and teacher, Palagi was outstanding for his personality, which left a deep and lasting impression on all who have had the privilege of being associated to him.
He was a gentleman in the noblest sense of the word, straightforward and courageous at a time when few people in Italy had the fortitude to stand for their convictions.
He gave all of himself to his profession.
He is deeply missed by his many friends and associates"1.
- Anonymous, "Piero Palagi", "The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. 1948; 30:251"
- "Insigne scienziato che scompare: Piero Palagi", "Il Mattino: cronaca fiorentina", 19 marzo 1947