Miracles of healing are among the complex historical strands that have become established in Western consciousness through the long-pervasive culture of Christianity. They may not always be at the front of the mind as individuals pray to St Jude or wonder at a depiction of an arrow-riddled St Sebastian, but miracles of healing have formed one of the fundamental qualifications for sainthood since the Middle Ages. The importance of such miracles in the process of making saints, and the role that physicians have played and continue to play in the confirmation of miracles, are the subject of Jacalyn Duffin's latest book.
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