(Brussels, Belgium 1578-1625 Padua, Italy)
Flemish anatomist and surgeon
After starting his medical and philosophical studies in Brussels and Leuven, Spiegel left for Italy. For much of his career he practiced medicine in Padua, and is considered one of the great physicians associated with the city. At Padua, he studied anatomy under Girolamo Fabrici d’Acquapendente, but he obtained a degree in philosophy and medicine in Bologna on 18 April 1602, where he followed the teaching of Ulisse Aldrovandi.
His expectations of a university position were disappointed, and in 1612 he began to practice medicine first in Belgium and then in Germany, Austria and Moravia.
In 1616, he was appointed to the chair of surgery and anatomy in Padua. He was the first to describe the anatomopathological lesions of abdominal typhus. Its name is linked to the caudate lobe of the liver, or Spigelio lobe,as well as to the semilunar line of Spigelio of the transversus abdomen and Spigelio hernia.
Adriaan (van den) Spiegel
The restoration of the Adriaan Van Den Spiegel canvas has been supported by Soroptimist International – Club di Padova, Lions Club – II Distretto 108 TA3, Lions Club – Padova Antenore, Lions Club – Padova Carraresi, Lions Club – Padova Gattamelata, Lions Club – Padova Tito Livio, Lions Club – Padova Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Lions Club – Graticolato Romano, Fidapa – Distretto Nord est, Innerwheel Italia – Club di Padova Carf, Innerwheel Italia – Club di Padova Sibilla De Cetto