Alessandro Codivilla

Alessandro Codivilla (21 March 1861 28 February 1912) was an Italian surgeon from Imola, Head of the Surgical Department of the hospital of Castiglion Fiorentino.

Although the partial removal of the pancreas in cases of pancreas cancer is usually associated with Allen Oldfather Whipple or the German Walther Kausch, the first documented operation of this kind was performed by Codivilla.

Codivilla was also involved in the early development of skeletal traction.[1][2]

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  1. Peltier LF (1969). "The role of Alessandro Codivilla in the development of skeletal traction". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 51 (7): 1433. doi:10.2106/00004623-196951070-00026. PMID 4898579.
  2. Codivilla, Alessandro (1905). "On the means of lengthening in the lower limbs, the muscles, and tissues which are shortened through deformity". American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2: 353.

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