Mario Mancini was born on 17 September 1930 in Naples.

Driven by his passion, he applied to the University of Medicine and, in the immediate postwar, he graduated and met Ancel Keys, an American biologist and nutritionist, who started several researches on cardiovascular diseases while in Naples. Indeed, Mancini took part in the Seven Countries Study, in particular to those of Nicotera and Rome. For him, Ancel Keys was a great master of life and he agreed to retain that Ancel and Margaret Keys are considered the “Marco Polo” in the medicine field. When Keys offered him to continue his work in America, he decided to stay in Naples, where he opened a clinic and a medical school. At 85 years old, Mario Mancini continues to work; in fact, he leads a private medical clinic. He practices gym and swimming on a daily basis and, along with a Mediterranean Diet, he leads a healthy lifedata-style.

Between medicine and family, he chooses family: his wife, his sons and his grandchildren.

Interview by: Elisabetta Moro
Video by: Elisabetta Moro. Editing by: Davide Mancini
Document by: Fabiola Petrenga, Rosanna d’Alessandro
MedEatResarch – Center of Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, head by Marino Niola and Elisabetta Moro
Created: 29-04-2015
Mario Mancini

Mario Mancini

Year: 17-09-1930
City: Napoli
Profession: Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Language: Italian

Video table of contents

- 00:00 Passion and commitment: Medicine in postwar
- 01:27 The Unlived "4 days of Naples"
- 02:40 A lucky encounter with Ancel Keys
- 05:00 The combination between nutrition and food
- 06:14 The “Seven Countries Study"
- 07:50 Nicotera research program
- 12:31 South and North Europe, USA and Japan in comparison
- 14:15 Poor food vs Rich Food
- 16:30 Contrasts and Paradoxes of study
- 17:09 Research in a wagon
- 18:53 The Minnesota Businessman
- 20:12 Arduous working spaces
- 21:58 Published studies
- 23:58 The effects of the Mediterranean Diet
- 25:23 What is the Mediterranean Diet?
- 26:30 Pasta: the typical bring- back- to- mind dish par excellence
- 27:25 Margaret Haney’s dedication: between chemistry and cuisine
- 29:24 The “Marco Polo” of Medicine
- 31:46 A Computer for Keys
- 33:09 Minnelea
- 34:41 The difficult decision to remain
- 38:05 A celebratory convention
- 39:05 Nutrition and health : two inseparable aspects
- 39:55 The Master and his teaching
- 40:57 Medicine must travel
- 42:08 Work, nutrition and sport
- 43:38 Family first

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
City: Napoli
District: NA
Altitude: 17m s.l.m.

Links and attachements


 Elisabetta Moro, “La dieta mediterranea. Mito e storia di uno stile di vita” ,2014

Ancel Keys, Margaret Keys- “How to Eat Well and Stay Well : the Mediterranean Way” , 1975