Bruno da Longobucco was most probably born in Calabria and studied at Salerno’s medical school, before moving on to complete his training in Bologna.
From there, he moved to Padua where he was given one of the university’s first professorships in medicine around 1250, thanks to his status as “magister”. He is considered to be one of the best surgeons of the Middle Ages and a reformer in the world of surgery, boasting extensive knowledge of Greek, Latin and Arabic doctrines. In 1253, he wrote and published Chirurgia magna, a book made up of 23 chapters that was structured like a manual. For many years, this work was used as the official textbook to teach surgery at universities. This was followed by his Chirurgia parva or Chirurgia minor, a shorter and more brief volume dedicated to scholars, which he wrote during his time in Padua. Bruno da Longobucco also taught in the city of Verona.
È considerato uno dei più grandi chirurghi del Medioevo e riformatore della chirurgia, dotato di una profonda conoscenza delle dottrine greche, latine e arabe. Scrive e pubblica nel 1253 Chirurgia magna, diviso in 23 capitoli e strutturato come un vero manuale che per molti anni viene usato come testo ufficiale per l’insegnamento della chirurgia nelle università.
A questo segue Chirurgia parva o minor, agile e rapido volume dedicato agli studiosi, che compone invece nel corso della sua permanenza a Padova.
Bruno da Longobucco insegna anche nella città di Verona.