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Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World

Jacalyn Duffin


This book examines the nature of miracles in four centuries of records on the canonization of saints held in the Vatican Secret Archives and Library. The history of the canonization process is explained with special reference to the place of miracles within it. Separate chapters focus on the saints and their supplicants, the physicians, and the drama of the cure. A conclusion presents some parallels in the workings of religion and of medicine. The primary sources for this book are the records of testimony on more than 1,400 miracles gathered by clerics working within the official process for r ... More

Keywords: religion, medicine, saints, canonization, miracles, physicians, diseases

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336504
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336504.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacalyn Duffin, author
Queen's University Cross-appointments in Departments of Medicine, Philosophy, and History and Faculty of Education
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