The Anatomy of Jewish Law
A Fresh Dissection of the Relationship Between Medicine, Medical History, and Rabbinic Literature
by Edward Reichman, MD
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In this novel and innovative work, Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman traces the medical understanding of anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics across time and genres of rabbinic literature. The accumulated literature of centuries of Jewish legal discourse on medical topics serves as the foundation for contemporary Jewish bioethics. As these writings span the chronological gamut of scientific and medical discovery, it is essential to view each source in its proper historical context.
Marshaling a vast array of sources from multiple disciplines, Rabbi Dr. Reichman demonstrates the importance of the historical dimension not only for medical halakhic research, but to better understand the unique relationship of Judaism and medicine throughout the centuries.
About the Author
Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, a world-renowned expert in the fields of Jewish bioethics and Jewish medical history, is professor of emergency medicine and professor of bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an attending physician in emergency medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. In addition, he is a Talmudic scholar of note who received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University.