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In November 1949, Gianna received her doctorate in medicine and surgery. Then, out of love for children but also to be close to mothers, she specialized in pediatrics and joined her brother Ferdinando in a private health clinic in Mesero. The people who already knew her good family, flocked to her office with great confidence.

Gianna chose pediatrics so she would have continual contact with the mothers through their children. She became very close to many of these women and helped them through some very difficult times. She would have long discussions with these women about the best way to raise children and about the value of human life.

She listened very patiently and kindly to each of her patients. When their illnesses were a consequence of a disordered moral life it greatly pained her, and she advised them with conviction to change their behavior. During poor economic times, often patients would pay her with eggs or chickens and Gianna herself would give them money for food or medicine.

“If I give care to a patient who has nothing to eat, what good is the medication?”

Gianna considered her profession as a service, not only to the bodies but also to the souls of those whom she attended.

“Everyone works in the service of man. We doctors work directly on man himself... The great mystery of man is Jesus: 'He who visits a sick person, helps me,' Jesus said... Just as the priest can touch Jesus, so do we touch Jesus in the bodies of our patients... We have opportunities to do good that the priest doesn't have. Our mission is not finished when medicines are no longer of use. We must bring the soul to God; our word has some authority... Catholic doctors are so necessary!”

In addition to her busy medical practice, Gianna became a member of various medical organizations and volunteered her services to local facilities. Some of these are:

  • Pediatrician at the parish summer camp
  • Volunteer at the Village nursery
  • Member of Association of Catholic Physicians
  • Director of the infant nursery at the Omni Clinic
  • Member of The International Medical Assoc of Our Lady of Lourdes

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