On Hemorrhoids

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Moshe ben Maimon, better known as Moses Maimonides, is among the most celebrated rabbis in the history of Judaism, and the author of works in Arabic on many subjects, including influential philosophical and medical treatises. On Hemorrhoids is one of these texts, written for a young man of a noble family who was seeking a regimen to help him treat his hemorrhoids. While not the first to write on this subject, Maimonides’s work bears his personal stamp with his emphasis on dietetics, which plays a primary role in ...

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Overview

Moshe ben Maimon, better known as Moses Maimonides, is among the most celebrated rabbis in the history of Judaism, and the author of works in Arabic on many subjects, including influential philosophical and medical treatises. On Hemorrhoids is one of these texts, written for a young man of a noble family who was seeking a regimen to help him treat his hemorrhoids. While not the first to write on this subject, Maimonides’s work bears his personal stamp with his emphasis on dietetics, which plays a primary role in so many of his other medical writings. He warns against hastily treating the painful condition with drastic measures such as bleeding and surgery, instead encouraging more cautious treatments like a change in diet. He also advises his patient that if more extreme actions need to be taken, then Maimonides himself must be present.
            Unlike other modern editions of this important work, this edition of On Hemorrhoids takes into account all the extant Arabic and Judeo-Arabic manuscripts. The book includes critical editions of medieval Hebrew and Latin translations and a glossary of medical terms.

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Meet the Author

Gerrit Bos is chair of the Martin Buber Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Cologne. Michael R. McVaugh is the William Smith Wells Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Table of Contents

Sigla and Abbreviations for the Arabic, English, and Hebrew Texts ix

Sigla and Abbreviations for the Latin Texts xi

Foreword to the Series xiii

Preface xv

Introduction to On Hemorrhoids: The Arabic and Hebrew Texts xvii

Arabic Manuscripts xx

Hebrew Manuscripts xxiii

Introduction to the Medieval Latin Translations xxix

Risala fi al-bawasir (On Hemorrhoids) 1

The Hebrew Translation Moses ben Samuel ibn Tibbon 31

The Hebrew Translation Zerahyah ben Isaac ben She'altiel Hen 49

The Anonymous Hebrew Translation 63

The Latin Translation Giovanni da Capua 77

The Latin Translation Armengaud Blaise 101

Glossary of Technical Terms and Materia Medica 115

Indexes to the Glossary of Technical Terms and Materia Medica

Ibn Tibbon 161

Zerahyah Hen 162

Anonymous 172

Notes to the English Translation of On Hemorrhoids 179

Bibliographies

Translations and Editions of Works by or attributed to Moses Maimonides 195

General Bibliography 196

Indices Verborum to the Latin Translations

Giovanni da Capua 203

Armengaud Blaise 211

Subject Index to the English Translation 219

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