alexa St. Francis came at dawn--the miraculous recovery of a hemiplegic monk in the Middle Ages.


Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

Author(s): Moog FP, Karenberg A

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Abstract We present the English translation of a remarkable case report from the 13th century. A collection of miracles ascribed to St. Francis contains the story of a young monk suddenly afflicted by a neurological disorder characterized by hemiplegia, speech problems and confusion. St. Francis' appearance led to complete recovery. From a theological and literary point of view, the text includes many allusions to the miracles performed by Jesus and to pagan traditions from Asclepius to Ovid. Retrospective neurological diagnoses range from a prolonged ischemic neurological deficit (PRIND) to psychogenesis. This case history is a rare example of faith healing in its contemporary context.
This article was published in J Neurol Sci and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology

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