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March 15, 1947

Jewish Luminaries in Medical History

JAMA. 1947;133(11):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880110073030

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This deals with the most important contributions of Jewish medical men to medical science. The first part of the book contains a delightful essay of twenty-four pages on Jewish luminaries in medicine. The rest of the volume is devoted to a catalogue of books, pamphlets and manuscripts written by Jewish physicians or about Jewish physicians through the ages. The catalogue is limited to the collection in the private library of the author but it is quite complete, as Dr. Friedenwald happens to possess the largest collection of works on Jews in medicine. Although the catalogue of Steinschneider published at the end of the nineteenth century contains a greater number of references, Dr. Friedenwald's volume has the advantage of bringing the material up to date. Furthermore, the interesting comments and explanatory notes that accompany many of the listings make Dr. Friedenwald's catalogue much more than a mere listing of books and

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