Magnifico Signore Calistro LuRusso, medico spagnolo [Spanish physician]
Magnifico Signore Roberto Maniscalco
Magnifico Signore Luciano LaGulla
Monsignore Antonino DiMarino, aromatario
The meaning of ‘aromatario’ attached to Antonino DiMarino’s surname in 1545 is yet to be determined; perhaps the root ‘aroma’ indicates that Antonino was an anesthesiologist who used ether in his practice. Ether was first synthesized in 1540 by Valerius Cordus who called it “sweet oil of vitriol” (oleum dulce vitrioli). This name reflects the fact that it is obtained by distilling a mixture of ethanol and sulfuric acid (the latter then known as “oil of vitriol”). Cordus also noted some of ether’s medicinal properties. At about the same time, the great physician Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (aka Paraclesus) discovered ether’s pain-relieving properties.
In fact, two physicians stood as godfathers at the baptism of Antonino DiMarino’s son. They were Roberto Maniscalco and Luciano LaGulla.
Other Professions Mentioned in Codex A
Silversmith: Mastro Sebastiano Cossano, l’Argentieri :: maſtº bastiu cosſano largintjorj
Cheese Maker: Nicola, lu Fennero di la Cascia :: cola lu fe~niro di la caxxa
Kitchen Staff at [Magnifico] Bernardo [DiBono’s]: Pietro Giulio della Cotta Bernardo :: pu Juliu di la cotta nardu
Mathemetician: Filippo Collaro :: ф [Greek letter Phi, the Golden Number] ph¯o collaro
Sugar Business: Giovanni lu Censolo, lu Zuccararo:: Joa~nj lucen[ſ]ulu lu czucararo
Weights : The appelation, libraro, following Bernardino d’Aragona’s surname, indicates that he is in a profession having to do with weighing :: bernadjno dj aragona ljbraro