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Defining Jewish Medicine conference

Jewish Medical Association with the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL

Monday, 28 July 2014 at 09:30 - Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 18:00 (BST)

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The association between Jewish doctors and their calling has roots 
which go back to the Babylonian Talmud and proceed throughout the Middle Ages into 
modernity, with major contributions to medicine being made by Jewish practitioners. 
A fundamental aspect of this question is how to define 'Jewish medicine' throughout its 
long history. Developing a clear profile will have considerable influence on the way 
we view the connection between Jews and medicine. 
The conference will present different aspects of research on Jewish medicine 
- its origins, its historical context, how medicine could be influenced by Jewish law 
and custom (halachah) and how the role of the Jewish doctor has evolved 
over the centuries.


                                                        Monday 28th July

Medicine in the Talmud and Middle Ages


Venue: J.Z Young lecture theatre, Anatomy Building

09.45         Mark Geller (UCL / Freie Universität Berlin) - Welcome and Introduction  

10.15         Ulrike STEINERT (Freie Universität Berlin) - Concepts of the female body in Mesopotamian gynaecological texts


11.00         Coffee


11.30         Tzvi LANGERMANN (Bar-Ilan University) -Nu'man al-Isra'ili's unstudied commentary on Abu Sahl al-Masihi's Kitab al-Mi'a

 12.15         Gerrit BOS (University of Cologne) and Guido Mensching (University of Göttingen) - Jewish multilingualism in medieval medical lexicography and translations

 13.00         Lunch break (lunch not provided)

 14.30         Ronit YOELI-TLALIM (Goldsmiths, University of London) -Counting body parts: views from the                    Hebrew Book of Asaf

 15.15         Lennart LEHMHAUS (Freie Universität Berlin)On the medical discourse(s) in the two       Talmudim

 16.00         Tea

 16.30         Gad FREUDENTHAL (University of Geneva) Philosophy and Medicine in Jewish Provence, Anno 1199: Samuel Ibn Tibbon and Doeg the Edomite Translating Galen’s Tegni

 17.15         Justine ISSERLES (UCL) -Bloodletting and medical astrology in Hebrew manuscripts from  medieval Western Europe (13th-15th c.)

                                                                     Tuesday 29th July

Medicine, Jewish Medical Ethics and Jews


Venue: J.Z Young lecture theatre, Anatomy Building

9.45           Samuel KOTTEK (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) - The Physician in Bible and Talmud:          Between the Lord and the Ailing.


10.30         Alan JOTKOWITZ (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) -The role of Talmudic Narratives in the                    Development of Jewish Medical Ethics

 11.15         Coffee


11.45         Shimon GLICK (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) 20th century Jewish medical ethics - a historic overview

 12.30         Lunch break (lunch not provided)

 14.00         Avraham STEINBERG (Hebrew University and Shaarei Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem) - Nature has changed" – Talmudic and modern medicine re halakhic decisions

 14.45         Kenneth COLLINS (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Glasgow) - The Entry  of Jews  to the Medical Schools of Early Modern Europe

 15.30         Tea


16.00         Gerry BLACK (Past President, Jewish Historical Society of England)Lord Rothschild and the                    Barber. The struggle to establish the London Jewish Hospital.

 16.45         Paul WEINDLING (Oxford Brookes University)Jewish Victims of Nazi Medical and Racial                    Research, and their Responses

 17.30         David R Katz (UCL) - Concluding remarks


Do you have questions about Defining Jewish Medicine conference? Contact Jewish Medical Association with the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL

When & Where

University College London
JZ Young lecture theatre,
Anatomy Building
Gower Street London WC1E 6BT

Monday, 28 July 2014 at 09:30 - Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 18:00 (BST)

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