When strolling through the Campo dos Mártires da Pátria park in Lisbon, there’s one statue that attracts attention. Not for the figure itself but for what is under its pedestal. Mountains of marble plaques have been left as votive offerings at the foot of the monument to doctor Sousa Martins, adored by Lisbon residents as if he were a saint. Sousa Martins was a doctor, pharmacist and professor of medicine who became famous through his fight against tuberculosis in the 19th century, as well as for his aid to the city’s most needy. Lisbon residents of all ages continue to come to his statue to ask him for something to cure their ailments or to thank him for doing so. It’s even said that a few doctors have shown up in search of divine inspiration.