BIOGRAPHY
Research

His research was largely in the field of comparative anatomy. He was keen to clarify, by studying animals, the structure and functions of the human body, and a significant amount of his work was dedicated to this research.

From "De volatilium aure"
In 1762 he published De ossibus . Theses physico-medico-chirurgicae, a treatise on bone structure, functions and pathology, which adumbrated the thesis he was to uphold in the public debate of 21st June 1762. (To get a lectureship in Bologna, one had to defend a thesis publicly, before an appropriate commission.) In 1767 he published a treatise on the urethra and kidneys of birds (De renibus atque ureteribus volatilium) as one of the Commentarii de Bononiensi Scientiarum et Artium Instituto atque Academia. His writings on the anatomical structure of birds’ ears (De volatilium aure) should be mentioned too, published in 1783 also in the Commentarii de Bononiensi Scientiarum et Artium Instituto atque Academia. His anatomical disquisition on the pituitary membrane (Disquisitiones anatomicae circa membranam pituitariam) Galvani began at the Science Academy of Bologna University in 1767. Other published and unpublished works, on veterinary science, hydrology, obstetrics, etc. show how brilliantly versatile Galvani was.