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As with any contemporary physician, Maimonides' (1135-1204) views on sexual conduct are an amalgam of medical fact and philosophical belief. Since for Maimonides logic, science, the Bible, Talmudic law, and classical philosophy were all related, what might at first appear to be an eccentric collection of excerpts from Maimonides is actually quite suitable to the task at hand.
We get glimpses into three aspects of Maimonides' thought on sex. The Treatise on Cohabitation is basically a list of aphrodisiacs. The excerpted works show Maimonides' ability to reason clearly on medical matters. The philosophical biases
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Sex Ethics in the Writings of Moses Maimonides.. Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:720. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-5-720_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(5):720.
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