Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 28, Issue 10, pp 702–704 | Cite as

Of heliotropes and hemorrhoids

St. Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners and hemorrhoid sufferers
  • Julius C. Bonello
  • Huguette Cohen
  • Robert J. Gorlin


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

Saint St. Fiacre hemorrhoids 


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© 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

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