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      Saint Marina: The Protectress of Nephrology

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      American Journal of Nephrology

      S. Karger AG

      Saint Marina, Patron Saint, Miracle, Cure, Relic

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          Saint virgin and martyr Marina (Margarita) of Antioch in Pisidia (255–270) is recognized as the patron saint of kidney sufferers and the protectress of nephrology. Beginning in the 13th century she heals in particular patients suffering from nephropathies, pregnant women having a difficult childbirth, barren women and sickly children. She protects the patients from every side effect and complication. Saint Marina is represented in hagiography as a victor, defeating the dragon satan, holding a hammer or a cross and wearing a belt around her back in the area of kidneys. According to writers, artists and sculptors the belt is the perceivable means of Saint Marina for the miraculous recovery from and healing of kidney diseases. Therefore, kidney sufferers and pregnant women put belts upon her relics for blessing and then wore them. From the Middle Ages and Renaissance and up to the contemporary period Saint Marina (Margarita) was considered the patron saint of kidney sufferers. Justifiably she is recognized by the modern medical world as the protectress of nephrology.

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          Journal
          AJN
          Am J Nephrol
          10.1159/issn.0250-8095
          American Journal of Nephrology
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-6855-5
          978-3-318-00128-0
          0250-8095
          1421-9670
          1999
          April 1999
          23 April 1999
          : 19
          : 2
          : 107-110
          Affiliations
          Department of History of Medicine, Athens University Medical School, Athens, and the International Hippocratic Foundation of Kos, Greece
          Article
          13435 Am J Nephrol 1999;19:107–110
          10.1159/000013435
          10213803
          © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Figures: 4, References: 9, Pages: 4
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          Categories
          Origins of Nephrology – Magic, Myth and Science

          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Miracle, Saint Marina, Cure, Patron Saint, Relic

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