Lege Artis Medicinae

[About St. Ottilia]

VÉGH János

NOVEMBER 30, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(11)

[In the old days, saints were invoked to help with various ailments, with fervent prayers for their intercession when the then often uncertain science of medicine could no longer help. And because diseases could not be clearly distinguished from one another, patron saints were often attached to specific organs and could be called upon to help in the event of any malfunction. In the case of the most precious sense organ, the eye, the patron was St Ottilia, who was certainly a real historical figure, but to whom there are very strong associations of legend rather than history. Her patronage also has this explanation, which is linked to the birth of the little girl.]

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