Paola Zacchia (1584-1659) was a well-respected Roman medical expert. Three times he was named Proto-physician – 1638, 1658 and 1659. He was effectively the “Surgeon-General” of the Holy See, supervising all things medical in the papal states. Between 1621 and 1650 he published his most famous work Quaestiones Medico-Legales, a compendium of medical-legal knowledge, covering a vast array of subjects. It was published in three tomes that in total contained nine books. It as a mammoth work of reference, and as soon as the first book was published in 1621, it was an international best-seller—translated into a number of languages and re-printed in several editions right into the eighteenth century. It has earned him the title of Father of Forensic Medicine.
This background information is important to know, because his words would be highly influential on a host of subjects, including abortion.