|France (1982) Brazil (1976)|
|St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
founded the Christian religious group of Franciscan in 1209. He severed
his link from his wealthy family and took on poverty to preach to the poor. In his later year he suffered
from a number of diseases possibly caused by continuous starvation. He had continuous watering and
poor vision caused by trachoma. He underwent several primitive and cruel treatment without success
amongst which: cauterization to both eyes; cutting of veins from the ears to the eyebrows and perforation
of the eardrums.