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LEGEND/ Jews in medicine. The documentary screened on the occasion of the 2022 Genesis Awards

Jewish Link – The Genesis Prize Foundation presented the documentary “Jews in Medicine”inspired by the work of Pfizer CEO and President Albert Bourla, who received the award this year in Jerusalem, and in honor of Jewish doctors, scientists and medical personnel dedicated to healing the world.

“For thousands of years, Jews have been at the forefront of medicine as neurologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, hematologists, immunologists. In the process, they made numerous medical discoveries that saved tens of millions of lives,” says Dr. Nancy Snyderman, former medical editor at Nation World News.

Dr. Aliza Shenjar, former Israeli ambassador to Russia and dean of the University of Haifa suggests that “the interest of Jews in medicine is motivated by religion, as preserving life and health is a religious commandment“.

According with the doctor. John Efron, Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Berkeley, of the 613 commandments of Judaism, 213 are linked to medicine. “There is a concept of pikuach nefesh in Hebrew, which means that saving a life is paramount.“, he points.

However, religion is not the only catalyst for the incorporation of Jews into medicine.

“In most of Western Europe, Jews were restricted to acceptable occupations. They could work with old clothes and rags. They could borrow money at interest. They could practice medicine,” explains Dr. Edward C. Halperin, President and CEO of New York Medical College.

And as a result, in the year 1500, almost half of the doctors in Europe were Jewish. In Italy, at least ten popes had Jewish doctors. In Egypt, Maimonides, the leading Jewish philosopher and scholar of the Middle Ages, was the personal physician of Sultan Saladin.

Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Louis XIV of France, Catherine the Great of Russia, and even notorious anti-Semites like Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain were treated by Jewish doctors.

In the modern era, more and more Jews have entered the medical profession, and their representation in medicine has become much greater than their percentage in the world’s population.

“In the 1930s, about 50% of doctors in Berlin were Jewish. 60% in Vienna. 63% in Budapest. 66% in Warsaw. 70% in Lviv. 74% in Vilnus. And 83% of doctors in Lodz, Poland’s second largest city, were Jewish,” emphasizes Halperin.

To date, 26% of Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine have been awarded to Jews. Even though they only represent two-tenths of 1% of the world’s population.

Jewish scientists have been at the forefront of all sorts of innovations in various specialties. They invented the fiber optic endoscope; pioneered critical pacemaker and defibrillator improvements; they cracked the human genetic code; helped discover the structure of DNA and developed the process that allows for safe blood transfusions.

They cured polio, invented chemotherapy, and developed treatments for AIDS patients.

They invented drugs for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. They discovered the pharmaceutical uses of penicillin and created vaccines for cholera and hepatitis.

Other advances are endoscope camera, the heimlich maneuvera first aid procedure used when a person is drowning, cataract surgery, artificial heart valves and the first 3D printed heart created from real human cells.

Jewish scientists and doctors made important contributions to public health. They established the first nursing organizations in the Russian Empire, the United States and the Middle East and pioneered systems such as chlorinated drinking water.

Psychologists like Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Erik Erikson, Viktor Frankl and Abraham Maslow have had a huge impact on mental health.

In France, the doctor and politician Bernard Kouchnerwhose grandparents died in the Holocaust, founded the NGO Doctors Without Borderss, one of the best-known organizations in the world.

And nearly 30 years ago, the Israeli surgeon Amram Cohen created the NGO Save a child’s heartproviding cardiac health care and cardiac surgery to children in more than 60 countries.

Today, Jewish leaders are following in the footsteps of their predecessors, healing the world: During the Syrian civil war, the Israeli hospitals treated thousands of Syrian refugeesand in March 2022, Israel was the first country to open a hospital in Ukraine.

And over the past two years, Jewish doctors and scientists have helped lead the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s worst public health crisis in a century.

The American Jewish Researcher Drew Weissman and his team discovered the mRNA platform that made it possible to create mRNA vaccines to fight the coronavirus.

As president and CEO of Pfizer, 2022 Genesis Prize Laureate Albert Bourla led the team that delivered the first safe and effective COVID vaccine.

In one of the last scenes of the movie “Schindler’s List”directed by Steven Spielberg2021 Genesis Prize Laureate, Jewish Workers Donate oskar Schindler a gold ring engraved with a quote from the Talmud. “Whoever saves a life saves the whole world”Dice.

“This basic principle of Judaism is a reflection of the commitment to save and preserve life that goes back thousands of years”, concludes the Dr. Nancy Snyderman in the documentary.

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