Medicine and the German Jews : a history /
John M. Efron.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001.
viii, 343 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0300083777 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001.
0300083777 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John M. Efron is professor of history and associate director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-11-01:
Efron (history, Jewish studies, Indiana Univ.) provides a chronological evolution of the Jewish health care system in Germany, beginning with the Middle Ages through the early modern period and until the rise of Hitler. In the process, he explores the contributions of the increasing number of German Jewish physicians, as observers and commentators on Jewish customs, rituals, traditions, health, and body, to the secularization and modernization of the identity of German Jews that came to distinguish them from their Gentile neighbors and other European Jews. Woven throughout is the ever-present obstacles and antisemitic hostility of the medical profession and German society that prevented the full acceptance of Jewish physicians, and the role this was to play in setting the stage for the dreadful backlash unleashed against them following the advent of Nazism. Based on extensive scholarship, this informative volume explores the interaction of the social and cultural history of medicine with that of the culture of the society in which it exists. It provides revealing insights, over a broad period of time, into an aspect of the history of medicine not explored adequately heretofore. Well written, with extensive annotations and selective quotes from primary sources; an informative book and a good resource. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. G. Eknoyan Baylor College of Medicine
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John Efron examines the rise of the German Jewish physician in the Middle Ages and his emergence as a new kind of secular, Jewish intellectual in the early modern period and beyond.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Emergence of the Medieval Jewish Physicianp. 13
Jewish Physicians: In and Out of the German Ghettop. 34
Haskalah and Healing: Jewish Medicine in the Age of Enlightenmentp. 64
The Jewish Body Degenerate?p. 105
The Psychopathology of Everyday Jewish Lifep. 151
In Praise of Jewish Ritual: Modern Medicine and the Defense of Ancient Traditionsp. 186
Before the Storm: Jewish Doctors in the Kaiserreich and Weimar Republicp. 234
Conclusionp. 265
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 339
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