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|Title||Microbiological aspects of the examination of the 140-year-old embalmed body of N.I. Pirogov|
Tkach, Hennadii Fedorovych
Kovalchuk, V. P.
|Date of Issue||2021|
|Publisher||International Society for Plastination (ISP)|
|License||Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License|
|Citation||Microbiological aspects of the examination of the 140-year-old embalmed body of N.I. Pirogov / O. P. Melnyk, G. F. Tkach, J. Frišhons et al. // Journal of Plastination. 2021. Volume 33, Issue 2. P. 24-27.|
The body of N.I. Pirogov has been entombed in the Church of St.
Nicolas in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, since 1881, when it was embalmed by Professor
Vyvodtsev. During the re-embalming of the body of N.I. Pirogov in 2018,
microbiological swabs from the body and its surroundings were taken and, among
other things, skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscle and bone tissues were taken for
ultramicroscopic examination. Hyphae of fungi of the genus Penicillium citrinum were
found at two sites during this examination. The occurrence of fungi can be explained
by the already weakened immunity before death due to cancer, and its subsequent
postmortem growth due to the non-use of formaldehyde and the placement of the
body in a non-sterile and relatively humid environment of the tomb without regular
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