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Saints related to Patron-of-surgeons

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  • St. Cosmas and Damian
    Arabian twin brothers, Sts. Cosmas and Damian are the patron saints of pharmacists, physicians, and surgeons. They were celebrated for their medical science skills and for their great charity, which caused them refuse payment for their services. During the Diocletian persecution, they were publicly beaten and tortured before being beheaded, c. 283.
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  • St. Luke
    St. Luke the Evangelist was born a Greek and a Gentile and is believed to have been a physician prior by profession. A convert to Christianity, he followed Saint Paul and wrote the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.
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  • St. Roch
    St. Roch was born in 1295 with a red cross birthmark on his chest. After being orphaned at age 20, he made a pilgrimage to Rome where he cared for plague victims. He fell to the plague himself, but recovered with the aid of a dog. Upon his return to Montpellier, Roch was accused of being a spy and imprisoned. He never revealed that he was the son of the former governor. Whether his identity was discovered before or after his death depends on the story.
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