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January 1, 1968

Ancient Medicine: Selected Papers of Ludwig Edelstein

JAMA. 1968;203(1):60-61. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140010062032

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Ludwig Edelstein was one of the great modern scholars of Greek medicine. The first part of his life he spent in Germany, the latter part in the United States, chiefly at Johns Hopkins and the Rockefeller University. A man of great personal integrity and profound scholarship, he achieved scholarly renown in philology, philosophy, and history of medicine. He is perhaps most widely known for his definitive work on Asclepius, published with Mrs. Edelstein.

Much of his work had originally been published in German and was not readily available to English readers. Before his untimely death he planned to collect some of his writings, including translations of certain German articles. Now the work has been brought to completion and edited by his long-time friends, Owsei and Lilian Temkin. The translations, by Lilian Temkin, are excellently done, and the whole is splendidly edited.

The essays fall into four groups. The first deals