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Why Non-Jewish Nurses Studied Yiddish in 1930s Detroit

By On April 19, 2017

No one blinks an eye at an American studying French, or a Frenchman studying Spanish. Non-Jews studying Yiddish, on the other hand, have always attracted a lot of attention. Maybe it has… Read More

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This Jewish Scientist Discovered The Magic of THC

By On April 12, 2017

In the early 1960s, a Bulgarian-born scientist named Raphael Mechoulam was caught carrying five kilograms of, as he called it, “superb, smuggled Lebanese hashish” on a bus from Tel Aviv to Rehovot. But… Read More

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Nazi Doctor Mengele’s Bones Are Now Used By Forensics Students

By On February 22, 2017

Since its discovery in 1985, the skeleton of Josef Mengele, the notoriously sadistic Nazi doctor and torturer, lay unclaimed in a blue plastic bag in São Paulo’s Legal Medical Institute—that is, until… Read More

This Jewish Coney Island “Incubator Doctor” Saved Thousands of Premature Babies
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This Jewish Coney Island “Incubator Doctor” Saved Thousands of Premature Babies

By On August 30, 2016

If you were born poor and premature in early 20th-century New York City, your chances for survival were slim. Few American hospitals had incubators, and the mortality rate for preemies was staggering.… Read More

Marvel's Newest (and Jewiest?) Superhero Has Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Marvel’s Newest Superhero Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By On August 23, 2016

Superman’s weakness is kryptonite. Wonder Woman is invincible unless you touch her bulletproof bracelets. And Samarium can protect anyone, as long as you don’t make fun of his digestion. This is not… Read More

The Ancient Hebrew Version of the Hippocratic Oath
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The Ancient Hebrew Version of the Hippocratic Oath

By On June 16, 2016

Filled with ideas like exercise, healthy eating, and proper hygiene, parts of the earliest medical book written in Hebrew sound quite modern. But there’s plenty in the Sefer Refuot—Book of Medicines—that reads… Read More

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Communist Jew + Muslim Indian = Affordable Health Care

By On February 12, 2016

Q: What do you get when a Muslim Indian and a Communist Jew walk into a bar? A: An extraordinary leader named Dr. Yusuf K Hamied. As Drs. Kenneth X Robbins and… Read More

The Small Town Jew Who Pioneered Sex-Change Surgery
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The Small Town Jew Who Pioneered Sex-Change Surgery

By On February 9, 2016

  Stanley Biber’s dream was to become a rabbi, so he moved from his birthplace of Des Moines to Chicago, and enrolled in a yeshiva. But then World War II began, derailing… Read More

The Fake Typhus Epidemic That Saved Thousands From the Nazis
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How Nazis Were Fooled by a Fake Typhus Epidemic

By On November 4, 2015

A doctor wants to prevent disease. But what if the appearance of being sick could save your patient’s life? That’s what confronted two doctors in Rozwadów, Poland, during the Second World War.… Read More

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