Surgery in early Jewish history

Marios Loukas, Ester Bilinsky, Samuel Bilinsky, Peter Abrahams, Mark Diamond, Mohammadali M. Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs

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The Hebrew writings in early history are dedicated primarily to the explanations and elucidations of Jewish law. In the context of such laws, several medical and anatomical references are made that provide some clues to the medical practices of the day. In particular, this article serves to compile references made to surgical interventions within these texts. Particular attention is paid to the possible use of anesthetics, the environment and equipment utilized in surgery, as well as the indication of knowledge of infection and hygienic practices. An understanding of human morphology was necessary for many of these surgical practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Talmud ()
  • anatomy
  • history
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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