Nigel Allan

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a tradition reaching back to Talmudic times when rabbis were frequently acknowledged for their healing skills.' This trend developed during the medieval period in Europe, when Jews, excluded from practically all the learned professions, turned to medicine as a means of livelihood.2 As a result, the Jews have been esteemed for their medical skills and, in(More)
ONE of the most interesting figures in the annals of Jewish medical history is Tobias Cohn (1652-1729), sometimes called Kohn or Katz. His claim to immortality cannot be based on any originality as a thinker or innovator but is simply due to the breadth of his knowledge reflected in his encyclopaedic work entitled Ma 'aseh Tobiyyah, written in Hebrew and(More)
DANIELLE JACQUART and CLAUDE THOMASSET, Sexuality andmedicine in the Middle Ages, trans. Matthew Adamson, Oxford, Polity Press, 1988, 8vo, pp. vii, 242, illus., £27.50. To write adequately on the history of sexuality and medicine in the Middle Ages is far from easy. Many of the texts on which such a history can be based survive only in manuscript or in(More)
childhood and adolescence left by male historians such as John Gillis, whose chapter on Victorian adolescence in Youth and history (1974) is tellingly entitled 'Boys will be boys'. Gorham provides a thorough summary of recent secondary material, and an illuminating introduction to the use of autobiographical sources. The complex and sometimes contradictory(More)
Circumcision, the removal of the foreskin, is one of the oldest and most widely performed operations known to man. As the operation has been found to have been carried out from ancient times in such disparate places as Africa, America, and Australia, there has beenmuch debate over its origins, but the hot climate ofall locations in which it is found(More)
version goes dangerously astray: in ch.9, the Elders (sic) are not a specific group but merely older physicians as contrasted with the youthful Galen. Yet, given the editor's unfamiliarity with Greek and with the institutions of the Greek world, such errors of English translation are remarkably few, and the alert Galenist will be able with a little thought(More)
IN a recent article relating to early nineteenth-century Bible translation and printing in Mongolian, Professor Bawden mentions in the text of his article and again in a footnote,' a medical handbook translated from Russian into Kalmuck which was published in 1823. This book is now in the library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. The(More)
The unexpected death of Marianne Winder occurred peacefully in London on 6 April 2001 following a short illness. For over thirty years Marianne Winder had been associated with the library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, first as Assistant Librarian then as Curator of Oriental MSS and Printed Books and, finally, as Consultant in(More)