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Rivista quadrimestrale

Rivista quadrimestrale fondata da Luigi Stroppiana a cura della Sezione di Storia delle Medicina del Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale e Patologia dell'Università degli Studi di Roma «La Sapienza». La rivista pubblica contributi di Storia della Medicina e di scienze affini (bioetica; filosofia della medicina; paleografia; paleopatologia; medicina sociale; storia della salute pubblica; storia della farmacia).

Print ISSN: 0394-9001

Emeritus Editor:
Luciana R. Angeletti


Valentina Gazzaniga



Managing Editor:

Carla Serarcangeli


Comitato Scientifico:
Giuseppe Armocida, Varese, I; Renato Mariani Constantini, Rieti, I; Luigi Capasso, Chieti, I; Gilberto Corbellini, Roma, I; Gino Fornaciari, Pisa, I; Guglielmo Olague de Ros, Granada, E; Ivan Garofalo, Siena, I; Danielle Gourevitch, Paris, F; Paolo Mazzarello, Pavia, I; John Parascandola, Bethesda, Md, USA; Alain Touwaide, Washington, DC, USA; Giuseppe M. Pontieri, Roma, I; Innocenzo Mazzini, Macerata, I; Paola Catalano, Roma, I; Emanuela Prinzivalli, Roma, I; Vivian Nutton, London, GB; Tiziana Pesenti, Roma, I; Marie-Helène Marganne, Liège, B; Richard Horton, London, GB; Jean-Pierre Tricot, Antwerpen, B; Ralph Jackson, London, GB; Ulrich Trohler, Freiburg, D; Samuel Kottek, Jerusalem, IL; Bruno Zanobio, Milano, I.

Editorial Assistant:

Stefania Lenci

Editorial Staff:
Mauro Capocci, Marco Cilione, Matteo Gulino, Silvia Iorio, Silvia Marinozzi

Indexed by:

Historical Abstract/EBSCOhost

America: History and Life/EBSCOhost

Current work in the history of medicine - Wellcome Institute, London

Hist-Line (History of Medicine/Med-Line), NLM, NIH, Bethesda Md, USA

Index Copernicus International

Contributi, volumi da recensire, corrispondenza, vanno inviati al comitato editoriale/All manuscripts must be send to the Editorial Staff:
Medicina nei secoli-Dipartimento di Medicina sperimentale, Sezione di Storia della Medicina, Viale dell'Università 34/a, 00185 Roma, Telefono e fax 064451721, e-mail: medicinaneisecoli@uniroma1.it


Aims and Scope

Medicina nei Secoli-Arte e Scienza (MedSec) has been founded by Professor Luigi Stroppiana in 1989. It is one of the official journals of the first University of Rome, Sapienza, and it is edited and dstributed by the Section of History of Medicine, Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine.

Medicina nei Secoli-Arte e Scienza is a four-monthly journal, which aims at publishing original research papers, commentaries and book reviews on the History of Medicine and allied sciences, including but not limited to Paleography, Paleontology, Epigraphy, Philology, Philosophy of Medicine, Medical Anthropology, Social Medicine, History of Public Health, History of  Pharmacy, Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Medical Law.

The Journal publishes articles in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.

Medicina nei Secoli-Arte e Scienza is covered by the following indexing and abstracting services: Scopus (sourced from PubMed), Historical Abstract/EBSCO Host, Embase/Elsevier, PubMed NLM, ABC – CLIO, Current work in the history of medicine - Wellcome Institute, London.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The policy of Medicina nei Secoli-Arte e Scienza Journal is based on the following “Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement”, in accordance with Elsevier recommendations and COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. It guarantees all the steps to ensure the quality of the manuscripts it publishes.   


Duties of Editors


The Editorial Board is in charge to decide which manuscripts submitted to the Medicina nei Secoli Journal should be published, with the support of international and anonymous reviewers. The final decision to accept or reject the manuscripts belongs to the Editor-in-chief.


The Editorial Board may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and limited by such legal requirements as shall then be in force ragarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.


The Editorial Board evaluates manuscripts only for their importance, originality, clarity, intellectual content and scientific quality without any form of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy.


The information contained in the submitted manuscripts shall be considered “Confidential”. All Editorial Board members shall not disclose any information to anyone, except the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial adviser and publisher. Furthermore, unpublished materials and information contained in any submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research or for his/her personal purposes without the written and expressed consent of the author. Similarly, any information, material or ideas learnt through the peer-review process must be considered confidential and not be disclosed to anyone. The Editorial Board must abstain from evalutaing manuscripts in which they have any direct or indirect conflict of interest related to the papers.


When error and/or inaccuracy are reported by readers, authors and/or editors, the Editorial Board shall inform prompty the corresponding author about the matter, asking him/her to correct or, if any, rectract publicly the manuscript. For the sake of clarity, according to the seriousness of the error and/or inaccuracy, the Editor-in-Chief holds the right to retract publicly the manuscript. The same procedure will be applied when some content is suspected of plagiarism and/or falsification.


Duties of Reviewers

All the articles submitted to Medicina nei Secoli will be sent to two independent and anonymous referees, omitting the Authors’ names. The review process aims at supporting the Editorial Board to decide which manuscripts are suitable for the publication in the journal, on a quality level. The Editorial Board will forward the referees’ opinion (accepted, not accepted or accepetd with revisions) to the Author/s. The journal guarantees the referees’ identities to be protected.


Any selected referee must abstain from evalutaing manuscripts in which he/she has any direct or indirect conflict of interest related to the papers; similarly, when a referee considers her/himself unqualified to the topic of the manuscripts. In those cases, referee must prompty inform the Editor, which will select another referee.


All the referees shall not disclose any information contained in the submitted manuscripts to anyone, except the corresponding author, Editorial Board members and Publisher. Furthermore, unpublished materials and information contained in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an referee’s own research or for his/her personal purposes, without the written and expressed consent of the author.

The peer-review process will be impartially carried out. Referees should clearly express their views, supported by scientific and adequate arguments.


Duties of Authors  

The authors should ensure and declare that the material presented in the submitted manuscript has not been previously reported in any other published manuscript and that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The authors also should declare that they have no direct or indirect conflict of interest related to the paper. If conflict of interest exists, the authors should reveal it. Any source of financial support must be disclosed by author/s. All the submitted manuscripts should be accurately prepared and should contain the quotations of works that have been influenced the work.   


According to the Journal policy, plagiarism and/or fraudolent conduct is supposed to be a serious unethical behaviour. For the sake of clarity, in these cases the Editorial Board holds the right to take all necessary actions.


Autorship must be limited to authors that have made substantial contributions to the conception, design or drafting of the study, acquisition/analysis/intepretation of data, final revision and/or final approval of the version to be submitted. The corresponding Author should be responsible for the compliance of the authorship Journal policy and further that the final version for publication to be approved.


When a submitted manuscript contains material involving the use of animal or human subjects, Author/s should show, by a written declaration, that the work was carried out in conformity of the laws of Italy and, if any, with the consent of institutional committees. To manuscripts involving human subjects, the evidence of informed consent is strictly required.

If the Autor discovers an error and/or inaccuracy in his/her/work, he/she has the duty to prompty inform the Editorial Board, in order to take all necessary actions.   


To submit manuscripts to Medicina nei Secoli understands the publication copyright to be transferred to the Journal. 


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