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Medical Saints: Cosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World

Jacalyn Duffin


The hematologist author was consulted as an expert on a case leukemia, by reading a set of bone marrow samples “blind” without clinical information. The patient had clearly been treated with chemotherapy, but the doctor was later surprised to learn that she considered herself healed through the intercession of a woman who had been dead for 200 years. This cure was deemed miraculous, and on its strength, Marguerite d’Youville became the first Canadian-born saint. Now more sensitized to saints, Duffin soon noticed that the ancient twin physicians, Saints Cosmas and Damian, were enjoying a robust ... More

Keywords: Religion, Medicine, Saints, (veneration of), Healing, Social practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199743179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacalyn Duffin, author
Queen’s University