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Title: The cult and iconography of the saints Cosmas and Damian in the Maltese Islands
Authors: Cassar, Paul
Keywords: Cosmas, Saint
Religion and medicine -- History -- Europe
Christian saints in art -- History
Damian, Saint
Issue Date: 1972
Publisher: Malta Historical Society
Citation: Cassar, Paul (1972). The Cult and Iconography of Saints Cosmas and Damian in the Maltese Islands. Melita Historica. 6(1), 25-49.
Abstract: Saints Cosmas and Damian were the earliest Christians to have been medical men. They were martyrs and are considered as the patron saints of physicians, surgeons and pharmacists. This article deals with the veneration of these two saints in Malta as seen in the expression of the erection of a church in Gozo, the dedication of several altars in various churches, the foundation of a hospital, the naming of hospital wards, the production of paintings and statues, the veneration of relics and the formulation of prayers.
Description: This paper was awarded The British Medical Association (Malta Branch) prize in the Medical Essay Competition for 1970.
Appears in Collections:MH, Volume 6, No. 1 (1972)
MH, Volume 6, No. 1 (1972)

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