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April 30, 1955

MAIMONIDES—PHYSICIAN, ASTRONOMER, PHILOSOPHER, TALMUDIST

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1033 E. Ninth St. Brooklyn 30, N. Y.

JAMA. 1955;157(18):1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950350051026

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To the Editor:—  I enjoyed reading Miscellany in the March 26, 1955, issue of The Journal, page 1158. However, I wish to bring to your attention that Maimonides was a great Jewish philosopher and not an Islamic philosopher. He was persecuted by Islam until he became the friend and physician to the Sultan. Maimonides compiled the laws of the Bible that are still used today. In his great work "The Guide for the Perplexed," he inveighed against incantations, amulets, and magical arts for treatment of illness and insisted upon natural methods. I wish to thank you again for the collection of art and prayers and for the tribute to the physician in Miscellany.

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