Vacc Berlinghieri, Andrea

PHYSICIAN (ITALY)
BORN 3 Feb 1772, Montefoscoli - DIED 6 Sep 1826
GRAVE LOCATION Pisa, Toscana: Campo Santo

Son of a respected physician. He studied in England and in France, where he witnessed the storming of the Bastille. He completed his education back in Pisa and worked witjh his father Francesco until the latter's death in 1812.

In 1809 his brother Leopoldo died and five years later he married his widow Sophia Calderon. In 1816 he was visited by Byron's physican Polidori and Lady Mountcashel brought him in Pisa into contact with the Shelleys. He considered Shelley's ill health as originally caused by nerves and the poet profited from his medical advices. He was not the only one, for people from all over Europe came to seek his medical services.

Vacc Berlinghieri was interested in literature and had republican sympathies. Byron called him one of the great men of his time and after his death in 1826 Thorvaldsen executed a monument for him.

Related persons
• met Hogg, Thomas Jefferson
• was physician to Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Sources
• Feldman, Paula R. and Diana Scott-Kilvert, The Journals of Mary Shelley, 1814-1844, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987
• Kingston Stocking, Marion, The Journals of Claire Clairmont, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1968


Vaitl, Eva

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 21 Sep 2014