The "Umberto I" Library

The main scientific library in the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, named after Italian King Umberto I, is located in the sixteenth-century rooms where the books of the Olivetani Monks were kept. With the suppression of the religious orders in 1797, the old library suffered great damage: the antique 16th century shelves were destroyed while the precious miniature books and manuscripts were dispersed. The library only regained its greatness in 1922, when the director of the Rizzoli, Vittorio Putti, restored the rooms and used them to hold an important scientific collection of books and scientific magazines about orthopedics and related subjects1.

"The glass cases of the third room hold objects, surgical instruments that once belonged to Prof. Rizzoli, and to Prof. Codivilla"2. Among them the 1899 Schulthess scoliosometer and the Francesco Rizzoli's surgical earmuffs.


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