Mario Zuccaro was born in Naples some time in the latter part of the sixteenth century, and at a very early age he became professor of medicine in his native city. He was made a comus palatinus, or Palatine Count, in recognition of his services. He was buried in the church of the Royal Hospital for Incurables, and his tomb had an inscription to the effect that although he was a physician he did not believe in the efficacy of his art. In practice, he aimed to aid nature, who, he said, effected the cure, and not the physician, and that only too many of his fellow practitioners did much that was to the contrary.
He wrote about a half dozen medical books, such as "Hippocratis epidemialium observationum pars prima," "De morbis complicata" and some books on poisons and on treatment. His book on children, "De morbis puerorum," which appeared