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May 1, 1948

Communal Sick-Care in the German Ghetto

JAMA. 1948;137(1):117. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890350119028

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This book deals with the sick among Jews through the Middle Ages. Although according to the title the subject is limited to sick care in the German ghetto, the book covers much more territory, extending to the health care of Jews not only in Germany but in the Roman Empire. The greater part of the book discusses the care of the sick among the Jews from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Several chapters are devoted to a description of the function of the Hebra Kadisha (The Holy Brotherhood), which made the care of the sick its special province. This care included not only medical and financial aid for the living but burial and ritual services for the dead when the illness terminated fatally. There are several interesting and informative chapters On Jewish hospitals, their number and character in both medieval and modern times.

Throughout the volume, there are historical references to folk

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