Jews and Medicine: An Epic Saga, by Frank Heynick
M, John, Shofar
Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 2002. 602 pp. $39.50.
The engagement of the Jews in medicine is an ancient and intimate one. Despite certain and isolated sentiments in classical Jewish literature -- for example, that "the best of physicians will go to hell," Judaism has followed another talmudic dictum, namely, that "it is forbidden to live in a city without a physician" (BT Sanhedrin 17b). In other words, Judaism, throughout its literary canon and social practice, has sanctioned the profession of doctor, the art of healing, and supports the proposition that the physician is not the adversary of God, but, in fact, His agent, indeed His partner. One can go even further and make the claim that …
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Publication information: Article title: Jews and Medicine: An Epic Saga, by Frank Heynick. Contributors: M, John - Author. Journal title: Shofar. Volume: 22. Issue: 3 Publication date: Spring 2004. Page number: 140. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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