NAPLES’ PHARMACY OF THE INCURABLES: MERGING SCIENCE, MAGIC AND ART by Catherine Hornby

Naples’ Ospedale degli Incurabili is an old and still-functioning hospital in the centre of the southern Italian city that is linked to a wealth of interesting stories of early medicine, magic and alchemy, religious people and those recognised as saints for dedicating their lives to helping the poor and sick here. Founded around 1520, it was quite unique for the fact that it was set up by a woman, the noble Catalan lady Maria Lorenza Longo. In October 2017 Longo herself was included among a list of people who Pope Francis recognised as having “heroic virtues”, a step on the path to sainthood.

 

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