A Doctor at Calvary: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ As Described by a Surgeon

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Pickle Partners Publishing, Feb 27, 2018 - Religion - 245 pages
‘We did not know; nobody has ever told us that!’ These were the words, spoken in tears, of Pope Pius XII on first reading passages from A Doctor at Calvary, Dr. Pierre Barbet’s scientific and reverent study of the Crucifixion of Christ. From an examination of the Holy Shroud of Turin—the authenticity of which Dr. Barbet accepts from medical evidence—a remarkable reconstruction of Christ’s terrible agony is presented in language that cannot fail to move the heart.

What kind and what degree of physical torture did Our Lord suffer on Calvary? What was the medical cause of His death? These are among the questions answered in A Doctor at Calvary, one of the most significant contributions to Christological science in modern times. Christ’s preliminary sufferings—the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, the scourging, the carrying of the cross—the wounds of the hands, in the feet, in the heart, the causes of the rapid death, and the entombment are recounted with the devotion and compassion of an ardent Christian and with a brilliant doctor’s accuracy of anatomical detail.

‘Without doubt this is one of the most gripping and moving books to have been published in many a year.’—Harold C. Gardiner, S. J.

‘As an aid to vivid viewing of the Passion, this book is peerless.’—Rev. John S. Kennedy, Balancing the Books

‘...a profoundly moving study of the Passion.’—Commonwealth

‘...a remarkable reconstruction of Christ’s agony and death.’—Jubilee

‘This volume is an outstanding example of how science can contribute not only to theology, but to solid Christian piety, and thus be an aid to love of Christ.’—The Voice

‘This is a gripping and powerful book of the highest stature.’—Voice of St. Jude

‘Sincere study of this book will enable us for the first time to understand what is behind the words: ‘Jesus suffered and died for us.”—America

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DR. PIERRE BARBET (1884-1961) was a French specialist in archeology and Scriptural studies, as well as a physician and the chief surgeon at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paris. A Catholic doctor, he undertook extensive research for this work in many fields, from the theological writings of antiquity to the latest technological discoveries.

Starting in 1931, by performing various experiments, Barbet introduced a set of theories on the Crucifixion of Jesus, culminating in his long study titled A Doctor at Calvary. It was published as a book in 1950 and describes his hypothesis—based on his experience as a battlefield surgeon during World War I—that the image on the Shroud of Turin was authentic, anatomically correct and consistent with crucifixion.

Dr. Barbet passed away in 1961.

WILLIAM CECIL JAMES PHILIP JOHN PAUL HOWARD, 8TH EARL OF WICKLOW (30 October 1902 - 8 February 1978), known as Lord Clonmore until succeeding his father to the Earldom in 1946, was an Anglo-Irish peer. Born in 1902 as the only child of Ralph Howard, 7th Earl of Wicklow, and the Countess of Wicklow, formerly Lady Gladys Mary Hamilton, his maternal grandparents were the 2nd Duke of Abercorn and Lady Mary Anna Curzon-Howe. He was first educated at Wixenford and graduated to enter the Royal Naval College, Osborne, in May 1916, but instead proceeded to Eton College before Magdalen College, Oxford, and St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He was ordained a deacon and priest of the Church of England. He worked for the Magdalen Mission at St Mary’s Church in Somers Town and converted to Roman Catholicism in 1932, thereafter living as a layman. During the Second World War he was commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers and rose to the rank of Captain. In 1946 he succeeded his father as Earl of Wicklow. In the 1950s he wrote on religious subjects and was also active as a translator. He married Eleanor Butler in 1959. The Earl of Wicklow died in 1978.

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