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November 30, 1895

THE PHYSICIAN IN THE BIBLE AND IN THE TALMUD.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(22):962-963. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430480040004
Abstract

Very few people study the Bible as a source of purely historical information. The same remarks are also true of the Talmud. While not so very few studies have been published of medicine and medical men as represented in these two books, yet it can safely be said that the majority of such studies are practically useless from a strictly scientific standpoint because they are more or less tinged with personal religious sentiments, and lack the purely objective character of historical researches. It is consequently very interesting to read a recent historical study of the physician in the Bible and in the Talmud by Dr. Preuss,1 of Berlin, concerning which there can be no doubt but that its representations are entirely uninfluenced by the religious sentiments of the writer. The physician of the Bible and of the Talmud treated not only internal diseases, but also the diseases of the

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