Luciano Cesare Bassani
Specialist in Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation & Physiatrist
Dr. Bruno Bassani, my father, opened the practice just after the second World War.
It was located on the ground floor of the old “Seminario” in Milan, Corso Venezia at N°. 11. He was mainly concerned with healing his patients with an instrument called nebuliser (aerosol in Italian) – and his practice was known as “L’Aereosol del Dott. Bassani” (Dr. Bassani’s Nebuliser).
Manipulation in the 60's from Dr. Bruno Bassani
This idea came to him when his sister, Dr. Eugenia Bassani, brought back from America this peculiar instrument: it was a real novelty since it was the first of its kind in Italy. Further on, in the very same building but on the first floor, he started what he called the “Aerosolarium”. Here you could find all sorts of devices, mainly invented by him, his very young patients were treated with Castor Oil as well as made to take Scottish Showers and undergo specific Swedish exercise routines.
In1962 the Seminario tells him that he can no longer use the premises and Dr. Bassani had to find a new place: the new practice was to be in Viale Majno 15, Milan.
My father had always been a very curious person and a keen reader thus he found an English book on “vertebral manipulations” and immediately he became very interested in this procedure. He then decided to go to London to learn more about these new techniques taught by James Cyriax, and by Alan Stoddard, then practicing at Saint Thomas Hospital. Upon his return to Milan, he started to
practice the learnt vertebral manipulations. The success was huge, especially because he practiced these new techniques within a very strictly minded medical and traditional axiwntific ambit where Physic Medicine was based on very old and already obsolete methods. During the following years, he had the opportunity to meet and work with many great physicians such as Bourdiol, Nogier, Jarricot, Niboyet, Smith and many others. The basis for new scientific approaches, known as complementary medicine, up to then based solely on empiricism, were finally placed. In 1979, Luciano Bassani, Specialist in Physic Therapy, joins his father, and later takes over the practice of Orthopaedic Medicine. At present Dr. Luciano Bassani still runs the practice in Viale Majno 15, where he employs many techniques learned in Italy, France, United Kingdom and the USA aimed at curing skeletal disorders.