Maimonides 1135-1204 - Images in Psychiatry Maimonides 11351204 abbi Moshe ben Maimon known to Jews as Rambam and to the world as Maimonides became

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376 Am J Psychiatry 158:3, March 2001 Images in Psychiatry Maimonides, 1135–1204 R abbi Moshe ben Maimon, known to Jews as Rambam and to the world as Maimonides, became the most famous physician of the medieval world. Born in 1135 in Cordoba, Spain, his 14-volume magnum opus, Mishneh Torah, stands as perhaps the greatest expli- cation of Talmudic law and wisdom ever written and is still a center- piece of Jewish scholarship. Maimonides is also credited with one of the earliest medieval revivals of Aristotelean philosophy. It is not clear how or from whom Maimonides obtained his medical training, although he modeled himself in medicine after the writings of Hippocrates, Galen, and Aristotle. Maimonides did not seriously practice medicine as an occupation until after the tragic death at sea of his beloved younger brother, David, in ap- proximately 1170. Maimonides plunged into what undoubtedly was a major depression. Abraham Heschel quotes Maimonides’ description of depression: When a man with a powerful frame, a sonorous voice, and a
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