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Jews in Medicine

CHARACTERS Jews in Medicine

Reuiring no specialized medical or Jewish knowledge Jews in Medicine will appeal to readers interested in the fascinating history of Jewish contributions to the field The book focu

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Ajor contributions It ends with a description of physicians who were leaders in the Zionist movement and those who contributed to the development of medicine in the State of Israel

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Ses on the relationship of Jews and medicine in Islamic and Christian lands offering a short description of Jewish history followed by accounts of individual physicians and their m

  • Hardcover
  • 448
  • Jews in Medicine
  • Ronald Lee Eisenberg
  • en
  • 20 March 2019
  • 9789655243000

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  1. says:

    There’s an old joke where a Jewish grandmother is watching her two grandchildren Someone asks her how old the children are She replies with nachas that the doctor is 4 and the lawyer is 2 The joke underscores how important and pervasive the medical profession is within modern Jewish cultureIn Jews in Medicine Contributions to Health and Healing Through the Ages Urim Publications Ronald Eisenberg a medical doctor and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has written a fascinating work that that details the substantial contributions of Jews in the medical field from Talmudic times to the current eraEisenberg profiles over 400 Jewish physicians psychologists scientists and other medical professionals He provides brief biographies of their life and details their medical accomplishments The book notes that at the end of the 18th century the age of specialization of clinical medicine started With the advancement of science and medical discoveries a single physicians could no longer master then entire state of the medical arts Thus the need for specialists aroseBefore the age of specialization many of the physicians were polymaths whose contributions extended to other fields Some of these include 15th century Yuceff Fauin and Abraham Zacuto whose work on cartography and astronomy revolutionized ocean navigation During the age of specialization Eisenberg writes that Jewish physicians when they could get into university were still excluded from the mainstream areas of internal medicine and general surgery They therefore flocked to the then less popular clinical specialties that did not attract their non Jewish colleagues such as ophthalmology dermatology neurology and psychiatry The books uotes the well known Talmudic staying that the best of physicians are destined to go to hell While there are countless explanations of what that puzzling statement means Eisenberg uotes the most common explanation that it refers to physicians who place all of their healing powers solely within themselves and don’t not acknowledge a higher power Nothing personifies that than Leo a 15th century Italian physician who was so confident in his ability to produce a cure for gout for the son of the Grand Duke of Russia that he guaranteed on his life that he could cure the lad The prince eventually died and Leo was ultimately beheadedFor much of the 17th 20th centuries Eisenberg highlights the reality that entry into the medical profession was for the most part highly restricted to Jews In Europe almost all of those who wanted to attend medical school found that unless they renounced their faith and were baptized they could not attend university He profiles a number of those who ultimately and sadly placed professional aspirations before faith In the United States that manifested itself in very limited uotas for Jews in medical schools He writes that these uotas are what lead to the creation of Jewish Hospital At its peak there were about 113 Jewish hospitals in the United States Currently there are about 22 that are still operating The decline in Jewish hospitals is a direct result of the uotas no longer being enforcedAnother astounding element in the book is the vast amount of Jewish doctors that fled Germany and Europe during World War II given they could not work under Nazi rule Many of them fled to the United States South America England and Israel where they flourished and made live saving discoveries and inventionsEisenberg writes that postage stamps in the United States and Israel will only posthumously honor a person He follows that route with the exceptions being for living winners of the Noble or Lasker Prizes That limits the number of profiles in the book and I would have liked to see biographies of the many leading Jewish physicians still alive But even so that does not significantly take away from this most enjoyable and interesting read The Jewish contributions to medicine are pervasive and deep From the discovery of aspirin Novocaine to stopping blindness in infants due to oxygen therapy to discoveries of vaccinations for Polio Hib and much much Vaccinations are the greatest public health discovery in the history of science and the Jewish contributions in that area are sizableWhile written by a medical professional the author writes for the layman and no advanced medical or scientific knowledge is needed The Talmud notes that “one who saves one life is as if they saved the entire world” In the book Eisenberg profiles hundreds of people who have saved countless worldsThis is a most enjoyable and inspiring read In In Jews in Medicine Eisenberg has beautifully written how the contributions to health and healing by members of the Jewish faith is something to be most thankful and proud of and is a most inspiring book

  2. says:

    This is a tremendously informative and interesting book Combining a deep knowledge of the history of Medicine with a special concern for Jewish contributors to it it is in essence a kind of encyclopedia of the work done by a large group of remarkable people I enjoyed reading the mini biographies of so many significant figures who I knew little or nothing of The work is divided into chapters each of which covers an area of medical specializationThis is not a book to be read at a single sitting but one to be tasted and digested in delicious bits My own way of reading has been to do this one area of time for instance Neurology or Hematology or Obstetrics or Internal Medicine or Psychology etc I greatly enjoy the reading and could not recommend the book highly

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