"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."Thomas A. Eddison(1847 - 1931)

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Lutheran Nuns

A group of Lutheran Nuns in Darmstadt, Germany were building a chapel when one of the sisters broke through a freshly cemented floor and fell onto a wooden beam below.  Her x ray in hospital revealed she had a compound pelvic fracture.  Instead of relying on medical techniques the nuns held an all-night prayer vigil.  Despite doctors insistence that the sister should remain in traction for many weeks, the nuns took her home 2 days later and continued to pray and perform a laying on of hands.  To their surprise, immediately following the laying on of hands, the sister stood up from her bed, free of the excruciating pain of the fracture and apparently healed.  It took her only two weeks to achieve a full recovery, whereupon she returned to the hospital and presented herself to her astonished doctors.

St. Wilfrid

A similar healing occurred in the seventh century during the building of the church at Hexham, England and involving St Wilfrid, the then bishop of Hexham.  During the construction of the church a mason named Bothelm fell from a great height, breaking both his arms and legs.  As he lay dying, Wilfrid prayed over him and asked the other workmen to join him.  They did, “the breath of life returned” to Bothelm, and he healed rapidly. 

San Gennaro

Every year in September and May a huge crowd gathers at the Duomo San Germaro, the principal cathedral of Naples to witness a miracle.  The blood of San gennaro, or St. Januarius who was beheaded by the Roman emperor Diocletian in A.D. 305.  According to legend a serving woman collected some of his blood as a relic after he was martyred. Twice a year, crowds gather and shout at the vial, the brown crusty substance changes into a bubbling, bright red liquid.  There is little doubt that this liquid is real blood.  In 1902 a group of scientists from the University of Naples made a spectroscopic analysis verifying that it was blood.  Unfortunately because of the reliquary containing the blood is so old and fragile the church will not allow it to be cracked open.

The first recording of the public performance of the miracle dates back to 1398.  The vial rarely refused to liquefy.  If it does refuse this is considered a very bad omen by the citizens of Naples.  In the past the vial refused to liquefy before the eruption of Vesuvius and the Napoleonic invasion of Naples.  More recently in 1976 and 1978 it presaged the worst earthquake in Italian history and the election of a communist city government in Naples.