High technology in pain therapy

Project Info

Project Description

High technology in pain therapy

 2 october 2018

14.30 – 18.30

Auditorium, Universitary Campus, Le Benedettine

Referents: Adriana Paolicchi, Giuliano De Carolis

Scientific Organizing Committee: Adriana Paolicchi, Giuliano De Carolis, Mery Paroli, Lara Tollapi


Registration of participants

Adriana Paolicchi, Pisa
Moderators: Domenico Gioffrè, Ferdinando Sartucci

Lectio Magistralis – Electronimomulation in pain treatment: 50 years of history and future prospects
Giuliano De Carolis, Pisa

Translational anesthesia at the time of robotics
Vincenzo Lionetti, Pisa

New perspectives in the treatment of cancer pain: drugs and devices
Lara Tollapi, Pisa


Innovation in postoperative pain control: centrality of the patient with advanced technological solutions
Adriana Paolicchi, Pisa

The endotics system: how the robotics makes the colonoscopy painless and safe
Emanuele Tumino, Pisa

From training to “Knowing how” to the transformation of knowledge, national and international scenarios
William Raffaeli, Rimini

The pain between history and actuality. From historical studies to new technologies: Telemedicine and teleconsultation
Presentation of the first volumes of the “Sedare Dolorem” series, Pisa University Press
Live presentation of a model for patient management in the pain management network

Giuliano De Carolis, Pisa
Claudia Napolitano, Pisa
Gianfranco Natale, Pisa
Adriana Paolicchi, Pisa
Cosimo Pasquini, Florence
Paolo Rossi, Pisa

Closing of the convention

The conference is part of the program for students of the Degree in Medicine and Surgery



Pain has always afflicted man and is one of the most important problems of medicine. Despite the discovery of anesthetics and the introduction of steroid and non-steroidal painkillers, the treatment of physical suffering still remains a distant destination, especially in the field of oncology. This book tells the story of pain in western medicine in two volumes, starting from ancient times until the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to providing interesting and interesting etymological insights, this first volume documents the prehistoric, Greek and Roman periods, to arrive at the Middle Ages, with the monastic, Byzantine and Arab medical traditions, and the birth of the Salerno medical school and the first universities. The schools and the main medical figures who have contributed to the knowledge and characterization of pain and its treatment are examined. In particular, greater emphasis was given to strictly physical pain, due to diseases and traumas afflicting the body. The psychic suffering and pain contemplated in the religious and philosophical field has been considered limited to those aspects important for a contextualization of historical and scientific thought. A rich iconography accompanies the text, with the intent of more fully documenting the research carried out. Portraits of characters and images of book frontispieces, ancient manuscripts, medicinal plants, equipment and medical instruments help to better understand the long journey of human progress in the attempt to dominate and defeat physical suffering. The work was conducted by consulting the scientific literature on the subject and numerous original works.



Giuliano De Carolis, Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, Pisa University Hospital, Pisa, Italy

Domenico Gioffrè, Professor of Bioethics of Pain and of end of life care, University of Pisa, Italy

Vincenzo Lionetti, Associate Professor in Anaesthesiology, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy

Claudia Napolitano, Director of PISA University Press, Pisa, Italy

Gianfranco Natale, Associate Professor of Human Anatomy, University of Pisa

Adriana Paolicchi, Director of Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, Pisa University Hospital, Pisa, Italy

Cosimo Pasquini, Telbios (AB Medical Group)

Eva Perini, President of the Vitality Onlus Project, Lucca, Italy

William Raffaeli, President of the ISAL Foundation, Rimini, Italy

Paolo Rossi, President of the PISA University Press Scientific Committee, Pisa, Italy

Ferdinando Sartucci, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Pisa, Italy

Lara Tollapi, Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, Pisa University Hospital, Pisa, Italy

Emanuele Tumino, Gastroenterology and Diseases of the Replacement, Pisa University Hospital, Pisa, Italy

Alberto Zampieri, Former Professor di Medical Semeiotics, University of Pisa