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Medicine and the German Jews: A History

John M. Efron


Medicine played an important role in the early secularization and eventual modernization of German Jewish culture. As both physicians and patients, Jews exerted a great influence on the formation of modern medical discourse and practice. This book investigates the relationship between German Jews and medicine from medieval times until its demise under the Nazis. The book 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. It shows how nineteenth-century medicine regarded Jews ... More

Keywords: medicine, secularization, modernization, German Jews, Nazis, pathology, Jewish body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300083774
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300083774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Efron, author