An interesting enough book to place in a general library. $18.00 
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Efron, John M. "Medicine and the German Jews: A History."

New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Press, 2001. First Edition. 
ISBN: 0-300-08377-7. Octavo in dust jacket, viii, 343 pp., b/w 
illustrations, notes, index. Hardbound. Very Good.

"Medicine played an important role in the early secularization and 
eventual modernization of German Jewish culture. And as both 
physicians and patients Jews exerted a great influence on the 
formation of modern medical discourse and practice. This fascinating 
book investigates the relationship between German Jews and medicine 
from medieval times until its demise under the Nazis.

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. The author shows 
how nineteenth-century medicine regarded Jews as possessing distinct 
physical and mental pathologies, which in turn led to the emergence 
in modern Germany of the "Jewish body" as a cultural and scientific 
idea. He demonstrates why Jews flocked to the medical profession in 
Germany and Austria, noting that by 1933, 50 percent of Berlin's and 
60 percent of Vienna's physicians were Jewish. He discusses the 
impact of this on Jewish and German culture, concluding with the fate 
of Jewish doctors under the Nazis, whose assault on them was designed 
to eliminate whatever intimacy had been built up between Germans and 
their Jewish doctors over the centuries." from the Yale Press website. (58102)


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