Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern WorldBook - 2009
"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. Physician and historian Jacalyn Duffin has examined Vatican sources on 1,400 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." "Some elements of the miracles change through time. Duffin shows that doctors increase in number, new technologies are embraced quickly, and diagnoses shift with altered capabilities. But other aspects of the miracles are stable. The narratives follow a dramatic structure, shaped by the formal questions asked of each witness and by the perennial reactions to illness and healing. In this history, medicine and religion emerge as parallel endeavors aimed at deriving meaningful signs from particular instances of human distress - signs to explain, alleviate, and console in confrontation with suffering and mortality."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
Description: xv, 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Branch Call Number: 231.73 Duf