Sts. Cosmas and Damien: Did They Perform the First Successful Medical Transplant?

Who are Cosmas and Damien? Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I).   A church was erected on their burial place, and  a famous basilica was built in their honor in Constantinople.  The Church in the West celebrates their memorial on September 26. But little is known about these twin brothers who lived and died during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian. According to legend, the twins lived in Arabia and became skilled doctors.  In the East, they are vene … [Read more...]

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