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September 21, 1935

Maimonides (The Rambam): The Story of His Life and Genius

JAMA. 1935;105(12):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760380068034

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This gives in an interesting manner the story of the life and genius of the twelfth century philosopher, scholar and physician. Born in Cordova in 1135, Moses Ben Maimon was at 13 exiled from Spain through anti-Jewish persecution and, after traveling for a number of years in northern Africa and Palestine, settled finally in Egypt, where he became famous as a philosopher, teacher, writer, scholar, judge, astronomer, scientist, statesman, rabbi and physician. This book treats principally of his contributions to philosophy and rabbinic lierature. His principal works were "Mishneh Torah," a code and simplification of the Talmud, and "The Guide to the Perplexed," a philosophic treatise in which he aims to harmonize science, religion and philosophy. The chapter on Maimonides as a physician, although rather short, reveals to an extraordinary degree his thorough knowledge of the medical science of his time and deals with his contributions to dietetics, hygiene and

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