Perhaps the most popular case of anorexia mirabilis took place in Tuscany in the 14th century. Catherine (Caterina) Benincasa was born in Siena in 1347. It is reported that at age 6 she saw Christ in pontifical vestments above her neighborhood Dominican church. One year later she made a vow of perpetual virginity. She was also familiar with the fasting behaviors of her sister, who would decrease her food intake in order to change her husband’s bad attitude. After her sister died, Catherine responded with a massive fast to her parents’ intention of arranging a marriage with her sister’s widow. She joined the Dominican order after claiming to have a vision of Saint Dominic, and she declared that Jesus came from heaven and gave her a ring as the wedding alliance; thus she would be eternally married to Christ. Later in life, Saint Catherine told her confessor that she could have conversations with Jesus (1). For almost her entire life, her diet consisted of water and vegetables, and by the age of 33 she starved herself to death. She reported stomach pains that did not allow her to eat anything but the holy host (2).