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Portrait details: modern copy of painting by Antoine Favray original held in Museum of Fine Arts and second copy in St. Luke's Hospital Medical Superintendent Office. The original painting carries an inscription written by Michel’Angelo Grima which reads: GABRIEL HENIN MEDICINAE CHEIRURCICAE HOCCE IN NOSOCOMIO DECUS ATQ ORNAMENTUM IN REBUS ANATOMICIS SUMMUS FUIT ET PRIMUS AD INCIDENDA MORTUORUM CORPORA ET AD EJUS PARTES PUBLICE OSTENDENDAS. VIXIT AN.LVI. OBJT IDIB OCTOBRIS MCCLIVAB XPTO DEO. MICHAEL ANGELUS GRIMIUS EJUS SUCCESSOR SCRIBIB.

Gabriele Henin

Professor of Anatomy & Surgery

Born: Valletta, 25/03/1696; died: Valletta, 15/10/1754. Education: possibly attended Collegio Melitensis and the Sacra Infermeria School of Anatomy in Valletta (Malta), 1721-24 proceeded abroad at the expense of the Order to Santa Maria Nuova in Florence (Italy) to complete medical studies. Career: appointed to Chair of Anatomy and Surgery in the School of Anatomy and Surgery at the Sacra Infermeria (04/12/1724); appointed Surgeon at the Sacra Infermeria (17/01/1725) and entrusted with the performance of all post-mortems; continued his duties until he became gravely ill in 1753. Achievements: Gabriele Henin was to reorganise anatomical teaching and bring renown to the Sacra Infermeria School of Anatomy and Surgery. He can be considered as the "Father of Anatomy in Malta". He also practised surgery at the Sacra Infermeria being a very adept ophthalmic surgeon and at trepanning the skull in cases of depressed fracture of the skull. His only known publication Observatio Chirurgico-anatomica in Nosocomio S. Joannis Hyerosolymitano published in Messina in 1748 dealt with the successful removal of a tumour of the back in two minutes' time. Other manuscript notes belonging to Henin were apparently collected by his student Michelangelo Grima, but these appear to have been lost. <>
References:
 P. Cassar: Three Medical biographies. Joseph Zammit, Gabriele Henin, Joseph Edward Debono. University Press, Malta, 1984, p.21-26; C. Savona-Ventura: Knight Hospitaller Medicine in Malta [1530-1798]. PEG, Malta, 2004, p.143.

 
   
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