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

Authors

  • Julius C. Bonello
    • Carle Clinic AssociationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
    • Department of Oral Pathology and GeneticsUniversity of Minnesota
  • Huguette Cohen
    • Carle Clinic AssociationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
    • Department of Oral Pathology and GeneticsUniversity of Minnesota
  • Robert J. Gorlin
    • Carle Clinic AssociationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
    • Department of Oral Pathology and GeneticsUniversity of Minnesota
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02560277

Cite this article as:
Bonello, J.C., Cohen, H. & Gorlin, R.J. Dis Colon Rectum (1985) 28: 702. doi:10.1007/BF02560277
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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.

Key words

SaintSt. Fiacrehemorrhoids
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