An early glimpse at western medicine in Jerusalem 1700-1840: the case of the Jews and the Franciscans' medical activity.

Zohar Amar, Efraim Lev

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Abstract

During the Mamluk and Ottoman periods, the monks of the Franciscan Order were the only representatives of the Catholic Church in Jerusalem and they provided medical treatment for Christians. This article looks at the activities of the Franciscans, in particular in their pharmacy, which was associated with the production of Jerusalem balsam, famous both in the East and in Europe. It compares these activities with those of Jewish physicians in Jerusalem and looks at the relationships between the two groups and their effects on medical development in the Levant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalVesalius : acta internationales historiae medicinae
Volume11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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