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Berns Andrew, UCLA

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This presentation explores cultural connections between Jews and Christians in sixteenth-century Italy through the lens of medicine. I present and analyze two texts. The first (from 1587) is a letter from Girolamo Mercuriale, a Catholic, to Moses Alatino, a Jew. The second (from 1592) is an excerpt from a consilium sent by the Jewish physician David de' Pomi to Francesco Maria della Rovere, Duke of Urbino.

It discusses the following texts:

1. Girolamo Mercuriale to Moses Alatino,"On a Uterine Tumor, Painful Urination, and Constipation, for a noble young Jewess, [sent] to the Jewish Physician Moses Alatino. Consultation #16" From: Hieronymi Mercurialis Foroliviensis Responsorum, et Consultationum Medicinalium Tomus Primus (Venice, 1587), fol. 43-44.

2. David de’ Pomi to Francesco Maria II, Duke of Urbino (Included in) Physicians' Consilia regarding the Illness of Francesco Maria II, Duke of Urbino. From Medicorum consilia in infirmitate francisci mariae II urbini ducis, an. 1592. [Physicians' Consilia regarding the Illness of Francesco Maria II, Duke of Urbino] Vatican, cor. Urb. 1468, 119r-134r.

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Medicine as a Cultural Connection Between Jews and Christians in Early Modern Italy

This presentation explores cultural connections between Jews and Christians in sixteenth-century Italy through the lens of medicine. I present and analyze two texts. The first (from 1587) is a letter from Girolamo Mercuriale, a Catholic, to Moses Alatino, a Jew. The second (from 1592) is an excerpt from a consilium sent by the Jewish physician David de' Pomi to Francesco Maria della Rovere, Duke of Urbino.

It discusses the following texts:

1. Girolamo Mercuriale to Moses Alatino,"On a Uterine Tumor, Painful Urination, and Constipation, for a noble young Jewess, [sent] to the Jewish Physician Moses Alatino. Consultation #16" From: Hieronymi Mercurialis Foroliviensis Responsorum, et Consultationum Medicinalium Tomus Primus (Venice, 1587), fol. 43-44.

2. David de’ Pomi to Francesco Maria II, Duke of Urbino (Included in) Physicians' Consilia regarding the Illness of Francesco Maria II, Duke of Urbino. From Medicorum consilia in infirmitate francisci mariae II urbini ducis, an. 1592. [Physicians' Consilia regarding the Illness of Francesco Maria II, Duke of Urbino] Vatican, cor. Urb. 1468, 119r-134r.