Journals Higher Education

$31.95

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21 November 2008

304 Pages | 17 halftones

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195336504


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Medical Miracles

Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World

Jacalyn Duffin

Modern culture tends to separate medicine and miracles, but their histories are closely intertwined. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes saints through canonization based on evidence that they worked miracles, as signs of their proximity to God. PhysicianDShistorian Jacalyn Duffin has examined Vatican sources on 1400 miracles from six continents and spanning four centuries. Overwhelmingly the miracles cited in canonizations between 1588 and 1999 are healings, and the majority entail medical care and physician testimony. A lively, sweeping analysis of a fascinating set of records, this book also poses an exciting methodological challenge to historians: miracle stories are a vital source not only on the thoughts and feelings of ordinary people, but also on medical science and its practitioners.

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