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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 Saints

Jacalyn Duffin

Oxford University Press

The life, death and subsequent veneration of Saints Cosmas and Damian is traced, from their origins in the 2ndC AD to their martyrdom in the Diocletian persecutions and extending well beyond to their sites of devotion. Admired by doctors and pharmacists, the medical saints become patrons of towns, schools, and professional organizations around the world. Duffin locates and interviews the founders of the feast day celebrations in Toronto that began in 1987. They locate the inspiration as their original home in Campobasso province, Italy, and they mention an older feast in Utica, New York. The Utica feast began in 1912 by Italian immigrants from Alberobello in Barí, who were striving to keep the traditions. Some claim to have experienced miracles. She also presents several theories that could help account for the transfer and revival of the cult of medical saints.

Keywords:   Saints Cosmas and Damian, History of, Toronto, Utica, Feast Day Celebrations, Immigrants

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