Saints and Illnesses in Faith and Paleopathological Evidences
Keywords:Natural mummies, Margherita di Savoia , Caterina Fieschi Adorno, Paleopathology, Agiography
AbstractThe exhumation of the natural mummies of Beata Margherita di Savoia (1390-1464) and of St. Caterina Fieschi Adorno (1447-1510) has not been followed by autopsy or histological exams. The aim has been to preserve the integrity of the saints’ corpses. We have thus proceeded to a confrontation between data gathered from chronicles and hagiographies and radiological exams and macroscopic observations. The article aims at establishing a model for a multidisciplinar approach to paleopathological research, integrating historical research and medical knowledge.