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The Resource Pious postmortems : anatomy, sanctity, and the Catholic Church in early modern Europe, Bradford A. Bouley

Pious postmortems : anatomy, sanctity, and the Catholic Church in early modern Europe, Bradford A. Bouley

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Pious postmortems : anatomy, sanctity, and the Catholic Church in early modern Europe
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Pious postmortems
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anatomy, sanctity, and the Catholic Church in early modern Europe
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Bradford A. Bouley
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eng
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As part of the process of consideration for sainthood, the body of Filippo Neri, "the apostle of Rome," was dissected shortly after he died in 1595. The finest doctors of the papal court were brought in to ensure that the procedure was completed with the utmost care. These physicians found that Neri exhibited a most unusual anatomy. His fourth and fifth ribs had somehow been broken to make room for his strangely enormous and extraordinarily muscular heart. The physicians used this evidence to conclude that Neri had been touched by God, his enlarged heart a mark of his sanctity. Bradford A. Bouley considers the dozens of examinations performed on reputedly holy corpses in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries at the request of the Catholic Church. Contemporary theologians, physicians, and laymen believed that normal human bodies were anatomically different from those of both very holy and very sinful individuals. Attempting to demonstrate the reality of miracles in the bodies of its saints, the Church introduced expert testimony from medical practitioners and increased the role granted to university-trained physicians in the search for signs of sanctity such as incorruption. The practitioners and physicians engaged in these postmortem examinations to further their study of human anatomy and irregularity in nature, even if their judgments regarding the viability of the miraculous may have been compromised by political expediency
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Bouley, Bradford,
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Catholic Church
  • Catholic Church
  • Catholic Church
  • Canonization
  • Canonization
  • Autopsy
  • Autopsy
  • Human body
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and science
  • Autopsy
  • Canonization
  • Human body
  • Religion and science
  • Europe
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Pious postmortems : anatomy, sanctity, and the Catholic Church in early modern Europe, Bradford A. Bouley
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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980435414
Dimensions
24 cm
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214 pages
Isbn
9780812249576
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2017012494
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)980435414
Label
Pious postmortems : anatomy, sanctity, and the Catholic Church in early modern Europe, Bradford A. Bouley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
980435414
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9780812249576
Lccn
2017012494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)980435414

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