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The Ancient Hebrew Version of the Hippocratic Oath

The Ancient Hebrew Version of the Hippocratic Oath

By On June 16, 2016

Filled with ideas like exercise, healthy eating, and proper hygiene, parts of the earliest medical book written in Hebrew sound quite modern. But there’s plenty in the Sefer Refuot—Book of Medicines—that reads… Read More

Australia's First Two Dentists Were Two Jewish Criminals

Meet the Two Jewish Criminals Who Were Australia’s First Dentists

By On May 24, 2016

  Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the British government deported over 150,000 convicts to penal colonies in Australia. Among them were two Jews named Joseph Hyams and Simon Lear, also known… Read More

Why Didn’t British Jews get Rickets?

Why Didn’t Britain’s Jewish Kids Get Rickets?

By On July 27, 2015

Rickets, a vitamin D deficiency disease that causes children’s bones to soften, was so common in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that doctors were at a loss for… Read More

It's 1933: Calling All Jewish Doctors to Istanbul!

It’s 1933: Calling All Jewish Doctors to Istanbul!

By On February 26, 2015

  In the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire was known as the “sick man of Europe.” When, after World War I, Kemal Mustafa Ataturk helped inaugurate the republic of Turkey, becoming its… Read More


Murder, Poisons, and Conversos

By On January 5, 2012

Dr. Rodrigo López was born in Portugal in the 16th century. He was a converso, a Jew who converted to Christianity, but he ended up leaving the country, fleeing the increasingly dogged efforts of the Inquisition, which aimed to… Read More


A Gynecologist in Auschwitz

By On May 2, 2011

In Auschwitz, the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele performed horrific experiments using Jews as human guinea-pigs. But in that same terrible place, Dr. Gisella Perl, a Jewish gynecologist, served as the anti-Mengele, helping prisoners survive their wounds and diseases, saving… Read More