St. Giuseppe Moscati

Doctor to the Poor



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Product Details

Product Code:
0.5 (in)
Size (HxW):
7.5 x 5.25 (in)
Publication date:
March 01, 2010
177 minutes
3.92 oz
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Religious Ed

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This DVD can only be sold in North America

Giuseppe Moscati, “the holy physician of Naples,” was a medical doctor and layman in the early 20th century who came from an aristocratic family and devoted his medical career to serving the poor. He was also a medical school professor and a pioneer in the field of biochemistry whose research led to the discovery of insulin as a cure for diabetes.

Moscati regarded his medical practice as a lay apostolate, a ministry to his suffering fellowmen. Before examining a patient or engaging in research he would place himself in the presence of God. He encouraged his patients to receive the sacraments. Dr. Moscati treated poor patients free of charge, and would often send someone home with an envelope containing a prescription and a 50-lire note.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 1906, Dr. Moscati evacuated a nursing home in the endangered area, personally moving the frail and infirm patients to safety minutes before the roof of the building collapsed. He also served beyond the call of duty during the 1911 cholera epidemic and treated some 3,000 soldiers during World War I.

Moscati was outspoken in his opposition to the unfair practices of nepotism and bribery that often influenced appointments at that time. He could have pursued a brilliant academic career, taken a professorial chair and devoted more time to research, but he preferred to continue working with patients and to train interns.

Giuseppe Moscati died in 1927 at 46 yrs old, was beatified in 1975 and declared a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1987. His feast day is November 16.

Special Features include: Special "Making of" film documentary.

This DVD contains the following language tracks: Italian with English and Spanish subtitles.



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  • 5

    Posted by Rocio on Jul 22nd 2022

    This film introduced us to the first medical doctor who is also a saint. It was a wonderful portrayal of how a physician really is lending his hands and heart to the Divine Physician and allowing Him to care for his children. Love and mercy are so central to medicine and yet so foreign in modern times. This was refreshing to see and validates our belief to care for the patient as the unique person he/she is.

  • 5

    Posted by Jean-claude on Mar 7th 2018

    What a great movie! What a great saint!