Publications, tearsheet and a photographic print relating to physiologist Angelo Mosso,
plus correspondence between Drs. Kellogg and Foà regarding the latter's donation of these
materials to UCSF.
Piero Pio Foà was born in Turin, Italy, on April 13, 1911. Prior to his birth, his
father, Carlo, who had been a student of Angelo Mosso, recorded and published the world's
first fetal electrocardiogram (that of Piero Foà). Born in Turin, Italy in 1846, Mosso received an M.D. from the University of Turin in
1870. He did further work at Florence and Leipzig. Returning to Turin, he became
professor of pharmacology (1875) and professor of physiology (1879). Under him, Turin
became an extremely active center for research in experimental physiology and biology. He
pursued two main lines of research: the analysis of motor functions and the relationship
between physiological and psychic phenomena. He perfected the plethysmograph, which
measured slow changes in the volume of the blood vessels. When bad health forced him to
give up his physiological studies in 1904, Mosso devoted his energies to archaeological
research. He acquired as great fame in archaeology as he had in physiology, conducting
studies in the Roman Forum, Crete and Southern Italy. Angelo Mosso died in Turin in 1910.