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The Oath of Asaph

Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(2):317-320. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-63-2-317
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The oldest Hebrew medical manuscript is a work ascribed to Asaph Judaeus or Asaph ben Berachiah, an ancient Jewish physician. Although Asaph is described under various names including Asaph Harofe (Asaph the physician), Asaph HeChakam (Asaph the wise man), Asaph HaYarhoni (Asaph the Astronomer), and Asaph HaYehudi (Asaph the Jew), little is known about his life. In fact the major general medical historical texts, including Diepgen, Castiglioni, Haeser, Neuberger, Pagel, Pushman, Sprengel, and many others make no mention of Asaph whatsoever. Historical dictionaries of medicine such as Eloy's and Dezeimeri's four and seven volume works, respectively, omit any reference to


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