Halachic Infertility: Rabbis, Doctors, and the Struggle over Professional Boundaries

  title={Halachic Infertility: Rabbis, Doctors, and the Struggle over Professional Boundaries},
  author={Tsipy Ivry},
  journal={Medical Anthropology},
  pages={208 - 226}
  • Tsipy Ivry
  • Published 4 April 2013
  • Medicine
  • Medical Anthropology
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