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. Bonello
  • Huguette Cohen
  • Robert J. Gorlin
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

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

Copyright information

© American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julius C. Bonello
    • 1
    • 2
  • Huguette Cohen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert J. Gorlin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Carle Clinic AssociationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana
  2. 2.Department of Oral Pathology and GeneticsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis