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Vincenzo Monaldi (Monte Vidon Combatte, Ascoli Piceno, 1899 - 1969), was an Italian physician and physiologist. His family lived in Grottazzolina, some of his relatives still live there, two brothers Giulio and Francesco Monaldi emigrated to Argentina.

Life

He fought in the First World War, while he studied, obtaining a military award, the Croce di Guerra. In 1925 he obtained his medicine degree and specialized in treating Tuberculosis and illness of the respiratory system.He established the academic journal "Archivio di fisiologia", which is still one of the top journals in the field, now called "Monaldi Archives of Chest Disease." He gathered international fame and was named member of the Royal Society of Medicine in London and others in Italy and Germany. He was assistant at the Fisiology Institute of Rome, then he went on to Naples as university professor and director of "Principe di Piemonte" sanatorium.

Political Life

He was Mayor of his home town Grottazzolina when he was just 20 years old, the youngest mayor in Italy.He joined the Italian People's Party of Don Luigi Sturzo then the Democrazia Cristiana.He was elected senator in 1948, holding important positions in government until he became High Commissioner for Hygiene and then became the first Italian Minister of Health in Amintore Fanfani II government.

Last years

When Vincenzo Monaldi left political activity, he returned to practice as a doctor and teacher. He died in Naples in 1969.Today, the "Principe di Piemonte" sanatorium is named after him.

Preceded by
none
Italian Minister of Health
14 th of August 1958 - 15th ofFebruary 1959
Succeeded by
Camillo Giardina

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