- (d. 1549)Italian physician and translator, of Spanish origin. He practised medicine in Bologna, Verona and Venice. During the debate on the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, he opposed Henry's supporters. He thus earned the gratitude of Pope Clement VII, by whose influence he was appointed lecturer in medicine at Bologna University. In 1533 he was invited by the pope to Rome, where he took a stand against the messianic claims of Solomon Molcho. The following year he was appointed personal physician to Pope Paul III, and became professor of practical medicine at the Sapienza in Rome. His scholarly work included translations of philosophical works from Hebrew into Latin.
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