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Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 28, Issue 10, pp 702-704

Of heliotropes and hemorrhoids

St. Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners and hemorrhoid sufferers
  • Julius C. BonelloAffiliated withCarle Clinic Association, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-ChampaignDepartment of Oral Pathology and Genetics, University of Minnesota
  • , Huguette CohenAffiliated withCarle Clinic Association, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-ChampaignDepartment of Oral Pathology and Genetics, University of Minnesota
  • , Robert J. GorlinAffiliated withCarle Clinic Association, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-ChampaignDepartment of Oral Pathology and Genetics, University of Minnesota

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Abstract

During the Middle Ages, an integral part of the therapy for certain ailments included supplication to “patron” saints for possible divine intervention. Through legends surrounding his life, St. Fiacre, a 7th century Irish monk, has become the patron saint for hemorrhoid sufferers.

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Saint St. Fiacre hemorrhoids