Arnaldo Cantani

Arnaldo Cantani (1837 - 1893)

Arnaldo Cantani (1837 – 1893) was an Italian physician.

Cantani was a pioneer in the modern management of diabetes and foremost in his insistence that stopping glycosuria was the major method of controlling the disease.


  • Born 15 February 1837
  • 1864 – Professor of materia medica and therapeutics at Pavia
  • 1868 – Professor of internal medicine at Naples
  • Died 30 April 1893 in Napoli

Medical Eponyms

Cantani sign: über dem Bauch hörbares Bläschengeräusch bei Perforationsperitonitis

1866 – Cantani first described the interposition of the intestine between the liver and the diaphragm (Chilaiditi sign) on clinical examination in his Caso di fegato ambulante.

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