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A Frog Under the Tongue: Jewish Folk Medicine in Eastern Europe

Marek Tuszewicki


Jews have been active participants in shaping the healing practices of the communities of eastern Europe. Their approach largely combined the ideas of traditional Ashkenazi culture with the heritage of medieval and early modern medicine. Holy rabbis and faith healers, as well as Jewish barbers, innkeepers, and pedlars, all dispensed cures, purveyed folk remedies for different ailments, and gave hope to the sick and their families based on kabbalah, numerology, prayer, and magical Hebrew formulas. Nevertheless, as new sources of knowledge penetrated the traditional world, modern medical ideas g ... More

Keywords: Jews, eastern Europe, folk medicine, Ashkenazi culture, folk remedies, kabbalah, numerology, prayer, court physicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764982
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marek Tuszewicki, author