Scipione Riva-Rocci

Scipione Riva-Rocci (1863-1937)

Scipione Riva-Rocci (1863-1937) was an Italian physician and paediatrician.

In 1896, Riva-Rocci introduced the upper arm cuff to measure systolic blood pressure. In 1905, Nicolai Sergeivich Korotkoff added the auscultatory technique, allowing measurement of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.


  • Born Almese
  • Died Rapallo

Medical Eponyms

  • Riva-Rocci Sphygmomanometer

Major Publications

  • Riva-Rocci S. Un sfigmomanometro nuovo. Gazetta Medica di Torino. 1896;47:981-986


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