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Medical SaintsCosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World$
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Jacalyn Duffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743179.001.0001

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Medical Miracle

Medical Miracle

(p.3) 1 Medical Miracle
Medical Saints

Jacalyn Duffin

Oxford University Press

Duffin explains her personal involvement as a hematologist in the miracle eventually ascribed to Marie-Marguerite d’Youville. She then describes her journey to Italy for the canonization ceremony. It involves robbery, storms, parties, and more saints. She visits the Cosmas and Damian Basilica in Rome and notices its proximity to the ancient temple of the twins Castor and Pollux. That observation that triggers the main project of this book. Were the medical twins simply a holdover from the ancient pagan religion? Upon her return to Canada, she discovers some authors have already wrestled with that possibility and she discovers the Toronto feast day celebration for saints Cosmas and Damian.

Keywords:   Saints Cosmas and Damian, History of, Leukemia, Miracles, Canonization

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