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Published: 13 June 2013

256 Pages | 35 b&w ht


ISBN: 9780199743179

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Medical Saints

Cosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World

Jacalyn Duffin

  • Traces the origin, meaning, and function of the veneration of the twin saints Cosmas and Damian, especially in North America and Europe
  • Contributes a new case study of popular devotion in general, and in Italian immigrant culture in particular
  • Explores the history and nature of religious healing in general and the response of medical orthodoxy to these claims