Daryl Ilbury

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How do you tell if a doctor is Jewish?

In Eish!, Science on May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

How do you tell if a doctor is Jewish?

No, it’s not a joke, it’s a serious question, because it seems to be an issue.

There’s a great article in the New York Times about an exhibition called “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter With Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” and it’s on view at Yeshiva University Museum in Manhattan. I can’t get there because I’m busy swotting for a media law exam, but if I could I’d imagine I’d see evidence that has been kept from public view.

As someone who has been brought up within a Western culture with a subtle but unavoidable Christian undercurrent, I have had to search for alternative viewpoints on everything from science to economics. Very little was presented to me that didn’t make Western culture the centre point for advancements in just about everything.

This is not only biased, it is wholly inaccurate. The foundations of the language in which this is written and the mathematics that makes it possible originate not from London, but from the Mediterranean, the Middle East and China.

Similarly, the true history of medicine is only replete when it pays respect to the experimentation philosophies of the ancient Egyptians, the developing evidential methodologies of the medieval Islamic world, and the medicine of the ancient Jews.

However, Western culture would have us believe that modern medicine was founded primarily upon the brilliance of Western science. If there’s any element of truth to that, it’s because for centuries Jews who wanted to study medicine at Western institutions were either prevented from doing so or surreptitiously (often not even) discouraged.

The reason? Because Jews apparently killed Jesus all those years ago. Of course – and here’s the irony – science, the very foundation of medicine, has yet to prove that any Jesus ever existed.

Back to my question: how do you tell if a doctor is Jewish? He’s the one volunteering his services in a Western hospital on Christmas Day.

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