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The beloved physician in the Bible, the epithet of St Luke, as used by Paul in Colossians 4:14. Luke is thus a patron saint of doctors.

physician, heal thyself proverbial saying, early 15th century, meaning that before attempting to correct others you should make sure that you are not guilty of the same faults. Originally biblical allusion to Luke 4:23, ‘And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.’

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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