Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Jewish doctors

  • Medicine and the Jews in the Middle Ages

    Shelley Grach Chicago, Illinois, United States   “Doctor Schnabel” (“Dr. Beak”), a plague doctor in seventeenth-century Rome. Engraving, after 1656. Via Wikimedia.  In the Middle Ages, fear and superstition often stood in the path of helping the sick, as maladies were believed to result from the sins of the afflicted. These roadblocks were compounded by…