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Maimonides' Medical writings, Volume 4: Three Treatises on Health

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Maimonides' Medical Writings
Volume 4: Three Treatises on Health

by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Moses Maimonides)
Translated by Moses & Fred Rosner
Maimonides Research Instritute, (1990)

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - April 1, 2010

Maimonides studied medicine long before he decided to enter the profession because he knew that good heath is important to a satisfying life. He taught that prevention of illness and the maintenance of good health is the major goal of physicians and non-physicians alike. He focused his attention not only on the body, but also on the mind, the environment, a proper attitude, good interrelationships, the avoidance of stress, and other similar subjects.

Maimonides was very modern in his approach to good heath by stressing exercise, proper foods, sufficient sleep, and recognizing that nature by itself, without the aid of a physician, can resolve many illnesses. His advice on health, contained in his medical, philosophical and legal writings, remains worthwhile reading today.

Yet, Maimonides lived over eight hundred years ago in a culture that was not well informed about science as the modern world. Thus some of his teachings, such as bloodletting and the avoidance of fruits, do not conform to modern thinking.

This volume contains three of Maimonides treatises on health.


Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of seventeen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides. The Orthodox Union (OU) and Yeshiva University publish weekly chapters of Drazin and Wagner's book Let's Study Onkelos on www.ou.org/torah and on www.yutorah@yutorah.org. His website is http://booksnthoughts.com.

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