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August 17, 1940

The Kosher Code of the Orthodox Jew: Being a Literal Translation of That Portion of the Sixteenth-Century Codification of the Babylonian Talmud Which Describes Such Deficiencies as Render Animals Unfit for Food (Hilkot Terefot, Shulhan 'Aruk); to Which is Appended a Discussion of Talmudic Anatomy in the Light of the Science of Its Day and of the Present Time

JAMA. 1940;115(7):559. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810330065034

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Abstract

This book constitutes the first attempt to study the Jewish law regarding fit and unfit animal food from an anatomic point of view. In order to do that, the authors made a literal translation of the sixteenth century codification of the Babylonian Talmud relating to diseases which make animals unfit for eating. After this had been done, one of the authors reviewed the anatomic portions of the law and evaluated them in the light of modern anatomic knowledge. These two diversified portions of the study brought together the strange combination of authorship, namely that of a Rabbi and of a professor of anatomy. The book, with the hundreds of notations, is intended for scholars. The average medical reader, however, will find in it enlightenment on the anatomic knowledge of the Jewish sages during the postgalenic period of medicine. Boyden believes that, as a whole, talmudic medicine is nearer that of

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