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Publication . Article . 2021

Which Saint to pray for fighting against a Covid infection? A short survey

A. Perciaccante; Alessia Coralli; Philippe Charlier;
Open Access
Published: 01 Sep 2021 Journal: Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, volume 18, page 100,674 (issn: 2352-5525, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Country: France
International audience; Background: In the absence of a treatment still considered universally effective, and of a vaccine validated by the health authorities, we wanted to know which Catholic saint the European Christian community turned to in the event of infection with Covid-19 to request a miraculous healing. Methodology: An online survey was carried out on a sample of 1158 adults using social media tools. Results: All results are presented in this research, with a few saints in the majority, and some dictated by the symptomatology of the Covid-19 infection or the personalities of certain « doctor guru ». Conclusion: This medico-anthropological study is revealing the psychology of Western patients vis-à-vis the magic-religious means used in the fight against diseases, particularly in the epidemic/pandemic context.
Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Context (language use) History Family medicine medicine.medical_specialty medicine Social media Personality psychology 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak SAINT Pandemic Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Medical anthropology

Medical Subject Headings: education


Health Policy, Health, Medical anthropology, Parallel medicine, Religion, Survey, [SDV]Life Sciences [q-bio], Short Report