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Portrait details: modern copy of original painting held in Museum of Fine Arts and second copy in St. Luke's Hospital, Medical Superintendent Office; bust held by the Faculty and copy held in Board Room, St. Luke's Hospital

Michel'Angelo Grima

Professor of Anatomy & Surgery


Born:
Valletta, 15/09/1729; died: Valletta, 25/08/1798. Education: possibly attended Collegio Melitensis and c.1741/43-1750 the Sacra Infermeria School of Anatomy in Valletta (Malta) being taught by Gabriele Henin and J.B. Lhoste; 1750 proceeded abroad at the expense of the Order to Santa Maria Nuova in Florence (Italy) to obtain his doctorate in medicine and philosophy from the University of Pisa (1754), and approved as surgeon (1758). In 1758 the Order's Council granted him permission to spend 3 years in Paris [AOM 652, f.250v]. Career: 1754 served as Dissector at the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova (Florence); 1760-1762 served as Surgeon to the French Army at Cassal during the Seven Years War; 1763 appointed Chief Surgeon at the Sacra Infermeria; 1763 appointed Lecturer in Anatomy and Surgery in the School of Anatomy and Surgery at the Sacra Infermeria; 1771 nominated Lecturer in Anatomy and Surgery at the Collegio Medico and Principe dell'Accademia dei Medici; continued his duties until his retirement in 1797. Achievements:  Michel'Angelo Grima was to re-establish the Sacra Infermeria School of Anatomy and Surgery after its period of decline. He also practised surgery at the Sacra Infermeria being a very adept surgeon, particularly in the field of traumatic surgery. He published extensively before and after his return to Malta, including Delle osservazioni fatte sopra il corpo vivente d'alcuni animali intorno le ferite penetrtanti la grand cavita' dell'addome [Firenze, 1754], Del nuovo e sicuro metodo di cucire gl'intestini allora quando in occasione di ferite o di altri vengan offese od allontanati dalla loro naturale contiguita` [Paris, 1760], Memoire sur la sensibilite` des tendons [Paris, 1760], Reflexions sur la memoire sur la taille laterale de Bromfield [Paris, 1761], Riflessioni del sig. MichelAngelo Grima sopra il taglio laterale che per estrarre la pietra della vesica orinaria pratica il signor Guglielmo Bromfield [Firenze, 1761], Due Relazioni medico-anatomiche [Malta, 1764], De poplitis aneurismate [London, 1773], Della medicina traumatica altrimenti detta vulneraria [Firenze, 1773], Della sensibilita` dei tendini. Dissertazione del dottore Michel Angiolo Grima, coll'aggiunta di altre lettere sopra il medesimo argomento di altri autori [Venezia, 1776], and Instituzioni d'Anatomia [Venezia, 1781]. Other available manuscript notes belonging to Grima include Historiae atque observationes tres medico-chirurgicae singularissimae per Michaelem Angelum Grimium exarate [UML Ms.(copy), 1758], and Trattato della sarcologia, angiologia e nervologia [NML Ms.1203, 260f., 1785]. Untraced unpublished works include De cranii repercussione [1759-60], Sopra l'origine, progressi e vantaggidella chirurgia [1764], and the text of an oration delivered at the inauguration of the school of barber-surgeons at the Sacra Infermeria [1775].
References: N. Caruana Dingli: Michel'Angelo Grima. The linguistic consequences of Franco-Maltese medical relations. More about Michelangelo Grima (1729-1798). The Sunday times [of Malta], 2nd August 1998, p.50-53; 1st November 1998, p.39; C. Savona-Ventura: Knight Hospitaller Medicine in Malta [1530-1798]. PEG, Malta, 2004, p.145-146. 

 
   
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