Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 753-

Holy incorruptible bodies and tropical medicine studies

Won Sriwijitalai1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China

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Won Sriwijitalai
RVT Medical Center, Bangkok

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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Holy incorruptible bodies and tropical medicine studies.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:753-753

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The impact and effect of religious belief on public health cannot be denied. The belief in holy incorruptible bodies can be seen among the Christian and the Buddhist. In fact, the incorruptible body is a natural mummification and links with the holiness. In medical history, it is strongly related to the public health system. The situations in tropical medicine can be well demonstrated. Focusing on plaque, the public health policy and history analysis showed that “In the past, the passage from contagion to illness ended in death, as human remedies had no effect. The only way to conquer it was invoke the incorruptible spirit of a saint.”[1] In the present, there are some new reports on the studies of holy incorruptible bodies. Many are reported issues are relating to important tropical diseases. For example, Morrow et al. reported a forensic entomological study on holy body and implied for the application in post mortem test of each individual.[2] Charlier et al. studied on the heat of a holy Christian incorruptible body and mentioned for the tuberculosis as a cause of the death, implying the importance of tuberculosis for a very long time.[3] Indeed, a similar finding from paleopathology study in another holy Christian incorruptible body also showed lung tuberculosis.[4] In fact, Petaros et al. noted that “proper bioarchaeological research could bring useful osteobiographical updates to the existing records about these saints.”[5] The scientific approach on the holy bodies can give us many new knowledge and information.[5],[6],[7] Fulcheri noted that “investigations are of particular interest not only in the anthropological, paleopathological and biological profile but also from an historical, cultural, religious, literary and artistic point of view.”[6]

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