Moses Maimonides: Physician, Scientist, and Philosopher

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Papers from a conference held in Jerusalem, October 1990, present a fresh look at Maimonides' contributions in light of newly discovered sources and the relevance of his work to modern medicine, science, and philosophy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876684702
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

President's Address
1 Moses Maimonides the Physician 3
2 The Medical Works of Maimonides: A Reappraisal 13
3 Maimonides on the Perfect Physician 25
4 Sex and Health in Maimonides 33
5 An Encounter with Maimonides 41
6 Maimonides' Concept of Mental Illness and Mental Health 49
7 The Art of Cure: A Medical Text by Maimonides 59
8 Maimonides and the Makings of Modern Science 67
9 Maimonides' Stance on Astrology in Context: Cosmology, Physics, Medicine, and Providence 77
10 Maimonides and Gersonides on Astronomy and Metaphysics 91
11 The Sciences as "Maidservants of the Torah" in Maimonides' Writings 97
12 Maimonides on the Distinction between Science and Pseudoscience 105
13 Medical Categories in Maimonidean Ethics 119
14 Well-Being of the Body or Welfare of the Soul: The Maimonidean Explanation of the Dietary Laws 127
15 Psychological Formulations in the Works of Maimonides 135
16 Maimonides' Philosophic Medicine 145
17 The Cosmology of Maimonides and His Critique of the Inconsistencies and the Insufficiency of the Aristotelian Physics 151
18 Some Insights into Maimonides' Approach to Mental Health Issues 167
19 Remarks on Eight Pseudo-Maimonidean Treatises 175
20 The State of Maimonidean Scholarship Today and Prospects for the Future 185
21 Maimonides and the Cure-All Book 189
22 Maimonides' Approach to Jewish Bioethics in the Areas of the Treatment of the Critically Ill and Abortion 197
23 Maimonides, an Enemy of Authoritarianism 207
24 The State of Arabic Medicine at the Time of Maimonides According to Ibn Gumay's Treatise on the Revival of the Art of Medicine 215
Notes 231
Index 273
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