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The Healing Imperative: How Christians Invented the Hospital

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 23, 2022 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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The hospital arose as a Christian institution, dependent on the Christian principles of charity and hospitality. There were no pre-Christian hospitals. This episode tells the story of how it happened—how the early Church changed the practice of medicine forever.


Mike Aquilina, The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It

Gary B. Ferngren, Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity

Timothy S. Miller, The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire

Andrew T. Crislip, From Monastery to Hospital: Christian Monasticism and the Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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