Register of materials re: Angelo Mosso, 1906-1907, 1910, 1937, 1981-1983

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Register of Materials re: Angelo Mosso, 1906-1907, 1910, 1937, 1981-1983

Collection number: MSS 83-4

UCSF Library & CKM



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  • UCSF Library & CKM
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • 530 Parnassus Ave.
  • San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
  • Phone: (415) 476-8112
  • Fax: (415) 476-4653
  • Email: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collections/archives/contact
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collections/archives
Processed by:
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Encoded by:
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© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Materials re: Angelo Mosso,
Date (inclusive): 1906-1907, 1910, 1937, 1981-1983
Collection number: MSS 83-4
Creator: Foà, Piero Pio. 1911-
Extent: 1 box
Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Materials re: Angelo Mosso, MSS 83-4, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

Biography

Piero Foà

Piero Pio Foà was born in Turin, Italy, on April 13, 1911. Prior to his birth, his father, Carlo, who had been a student of Angelo Mosso, recorded and published the world's first fetal electrocardiogram (that of Piero Foà).
Piero Foà obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Milan in 1934, and served his internship (1936-1937) and residency at the University of Milan Hospital. He obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1938, and was an assistant professor of physiology at the University of Pavia when he left Fascist Italy for the United States in 1939 with the help of an immigration visa obtained through the good offices of such luminaries as pioneering neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing and physiologist Walter B. Cannon.
Dr. Foà's first position in the United States was as a research fellow in the department of physiology at Yale University. Settling in Michigan, Dr. Foà held a research fellowship in surgery at the University of Michigan (1939-1942). At the Chicago Medical School, he held a fellowship in medicine (1942-1943) and later was an assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology (1944-1945). The primary locus of Dr. Foà's career was Wayne State University, where he spent some forty years, first as chief of the endocrine and metabolic clinic (1944-1947) and as an associate professor (1946-1951), later as a full professor (1961-1983) in the Department of Physiology. He was also for many years the chairman of the Department of Research at Detroit's Sinai Hospital. Dr. Foà's current title is emeritus professor of physiology at Wayne State University.

Angelo Mosso

Born in Turin, Italy in 1846, Mosso received an M.D. from the University of Turin in 1870. He did further work at Florence and Leipzig. Returning to Turin, he became professor of pharmacology (1875) and professor of physiology (1879). Under him, Turin became an extremely active center for research in experimental physiology and biology. He pursued two main lines of research: the analysis of motor functions and the relationship between physiological and psychic phenomena. He perfected the plethysmograph, which measured slow changes in the volume of the blood vessels. When bad health forced him to give up his physiological studies in 1904, Mosso devoted his energies to archaeological research. He acquired as great fame in archaeology as he had in physiology, conducting studies in the Roman Forum, Crete and Southern Italy. Angelo Mosso died in Turin in 1910.

Scope and Content

Publications, tearsheet and a photographic print relating to physiologist Angelo Mosso, plus correspondence between Drs. Kellogg and Foà regarding the latter's donation of these materials to UCSF.

Container List

Box Box 1, Folder 1

L'Illustrazione Italiana, December 4, 1910 (article written by Carlo Foà on the death of Angelo Mosso)

Folder 2

L'Illustrazione Italiana, August 5, 1906 (article written by Carlo Foà on the high-altitude laboratory atop Monte Rosa )

Folder 3

Photographic print of a sketch of Angelo Mosso's death mask, by Leonardo Bistolfi, plus 1983 correspondence regarding this item.

Folder 4

Tearsheet: front page of Corriere della Sera, August 28, 1907 (article on inauguration ceremonies of Istituto Scientifico "Angelo Mosso"). Also 1937 publication Istituto Scientifico Angelo Mosso, Col D'Olen.

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1981-1983, between Dr. Ralph Kellogg and Dr. Piero Foà regarding these materials.