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Saints Cosmas and Damian
Saints Cosmas and Damian

Christian Arab doctors of the second half of the third century, born in Egea, a town in Cilicia, on the south-east coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Probably killed in Syria in the early fourth century during the persecution instigated by the Roman emperor Diocletian (245-313, Emperor from 284 to 305). The Medici family chose them as patron saints. Are now the patron saints of doctors and pharmacists respectively.

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