Saturday 31 July 2010


As Gibbon points out in Chapter XV of his majestic History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, there must have been a certain period when the miraculous powers of the Early Church ceased, and the afflicted in health, who heretofore had sought out the most devout of the early Christians, were now left to apply to members of the medical profession. The increased workload must have been burdensome, but each doctor had the patience of a saint.

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