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June 28, 1952

Jewish Medicine

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By Solomon R. Kagan, M.D. Cloth. $10. Pp. 575, with illustrations. Medico-Historical Press, 40 Harrison Ave., Boston, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(9):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930260107039

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In the preface, the author points out that the science of medicine is universal and is the product of collective effort. There is, therefore, no such thing as Jewish medicine in the strict sense of the word. Rather, the history of Jewish medicine is the history of Jewish culture. For history of medicine in any country is but a reflection of the intellectual life of this particular country or group of persons. It is from this point of view that the author regards his book. It is well known that during the medieval as well as the modern era the Jews have shown a predilection for the study and practice of medicine. Whether this predilection has much or anything to do with the humanitarian ideas of Israel is an interesting topic for thought. The modest purpose of this volume is to present the significant achievements of Jewish medical men and

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