The Healthy Jew
The Symbiosis of Judaism and Modern Medicine
By (author) Mitchell B. Hart
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Healthy Jew by Mitchell B. Hart
Book DescriptionThe Healthy Jew traces the culturally revealing story of how Moses, the rabbis, and other Jewish thinkers came to be understood as medical authorities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such a radically different interpretation, by scholars and popular writers alike, resulted in new, widespread views on the salubrious effects of, for example, circumcision, Jewish sexual purity laws, and kosher foods. The Healthy Jew explores this interpretative tradition in the light of a number of broader debates over 'civilization' and 'culture', Orientalism, religion and science (in the wake of Darwin), anti-Semitism and Jewish apologetics, and the scientific and medical discoveries and debates that revolutionized the fields of bacteriology, preventive medicine, and genetics/eugenics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521877183
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mitchell B. Hart
Jewish Blood, Paperback (February 2013)» View all books by Mitchell B. Hart
This text provides a multidisciplinary examination of the age old issue of Jewish blood in all its various manifestations, both real and imagined. It provides historical, religious and cultural examples ranging from the 'Blood Libel' through to the poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg.
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Author Biography - Mitchell B. Hart
Mitchell B. Hart is Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida. His first book, Social Science and the Politics of Modern Jewish Identity (2000), won the Salo Baron Award for Best First Book in Jewish Studies, presented by the American Academy of Jewish Research.
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