Dr. Velio Bocci
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Dr. Velio Bocci


Department of Physiology, University of Siena, via A. Moro 2, 53100 Siena, Italy.Phone: +39 (0)577 234226; Fax: +39 (0) 577 234219. Email: bocci@unisi.it
The Ministry of Education has nominated (May 2003) him Emeritus Professor at the Department of Physiology, University of Siena. Member of ISCO3.

He was born in Siena, Italy, on December 21st of 1928. In 1947, although he had been awarded a disliked accountant degree, he was able to enrol as a medical student at the University of Siena in 1948 and he was the first of his course to be awarded the Medical Doctor degree in July 1954 with 110/110 cum laude.

He has personally contributed to develop three clinical trials, of which two at the Siena University Polyclinic: the first regarding age-related macular degeneration (dry form) (1996-2001) and the second regarding chronic limb ischemia (2002-2005). Both studies, reported in international journals, have well clarified the great advantage of ozonetherapy in comparison to orthodox treatments.

A third study (1998-2000) was performed at the hospital at San Patrignano (Rimini) to evaluate the effect of ozonated autohemotherapy in HIV infection. An improvement of the quality of life was noted but the infection was not modified. Moreover, he has gratuitously practiced ozonetherapy in a charity clinic (Misericordia at Taverne D'Arbia, Siena) from 2005 up to March 2008: While excellent results were achieved in various ischemic diseases, with the exception of a transitory feeling of well-being, preterminal cancer patients with liver and lungs metastasis, previously heavily treated with chemotherapy, did not show any improvement.

He is the author of about 480 publications and monographs, mostly published in international, peer-reviewed journals including a book on Interferons (1993) and three books on oxygen-ozone therapy (2000, 2002, 2005). The last two are in English: Oxygen ozone therapy. A critical evaluation, pag 1-440, 2002, Kluwer Academic Publishers Dordrecht, The Netherlands and the second: Ozone. A new medical drug. pag. 1-295, 2005, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. The second edition of the latter book has been just printed. So far, these books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Greek.

In 1995, he was awarded the Hans Wolff prize for innovative researches in the field of ozonetherapy. By considering him the top expert of ozonetherapy, the International Ozone Association (Zurich) invited him to hold the lecture on "Ozone in Biology and Medicine" at the International Ozone Symposium (Basel, October 21-22 1999) during the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the ozone discoverer C.F. Schönbein.He was awarded the "Stramezzi" prize for his books on ozonetherapy by the Academy of History of Medical Art in Rome (October 2003).

The reader may be interested in five recent reviews, which briefly give a fair idea of the basic biology and usefulness of ozonetherapy in Medicine: (1)Scientific and medical aspects of ozone therapy: State of the art. Archives of Medical Research, 37 (2006) 425-435; (2)Is it true that ozone is always toxic? The end of the dogma. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 216 (2006) 493-504 (3)The case for oxygen-ozonetherapy. British J. of Biomedical Science, 64 (2007) 44-49 (4) Basic Biological and Therapeutic effects of Ozonetherapy in Human Medicine,Review published by UNESCO-EOOLS Encyclopedia, 2008 and (5) The ozone paradox: ozone is a strong oxidant as well as a medical drug, Medicinal Research Reviews.29, (2009) 646-682. They are available on request. All the other papers can be traced in PubMed. He owns also three US patents.

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