Medicine: St. Francis' Stigmata

The long record of the short life of St. Francis of Assisi is full of his physical ailments. But not until lately did any doctor of medicine have the interest, ambition, leisure and opportunity to collate all the Saint's recorded symptoms and from them make a diagnosis of what troubled the holy man. Dr. Edward Frederick Hartung of Manhattan concludes that St. Francis suffered grievously from an eye infection contracted in Egypt and at the age of 45 died of malignant malaria contracted in swampy Italy. Dr. Hartung's data appeared last week in the Annals of Medical History.

St. Francis' eye ailment...

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