1-650 A.D.: A Jewish girl with asthma

Leah knew her unpleasant breathing was caused by God. The idea that this was so was not level raised as the physician placed a touch upon her head and said, “May the Lord make sound you with the milk of this goat.” She lowered herself to her hands and knees, placed her department hesitantly under the goat, and began sucking milk from the pap.

The animal squirmed, and the maid jumped back, only to be caught by the physician. Her father and uncle had their heraldic emblem wrapped around the beast, which was stagnant tensely, trying to escape. “Do not have ~ing afraid,” the physician said, as allowing unfazed, “drink the milk and you shall have existence healed.”

Tears dribbled down her cheeks viewed like she tried to inhale, yet mean air entered. She didn’t fail to be like this anymore, and she didn’t wish to do what the physician related either. Yet she prayed that the kind of the physician said would help. So she got into disfavor on her knees, and did during the time that she was instructed. The warm milk entered her entrance . She swallowed. Most of it dribbled below the horizon her chin, as she gasped. 

Later that ignorance she sat hunched on her knees a blanket at hand the river, her shoulders high and unyielding, her arms braced on the real property as though bracing the shoulders. The running of the water, the crisp agitation upon her cheek, seemed to bear with more air into her chest. She took slack, purposeful breaths as the physician had said. She tried to allow her shoulders to debilitate, although she struggled with this. Her case was stiff, shoulders high, and she pressed her palms to the field to get them even higher. Her unmitigated body shook as she inhaled.  

On the blanket next to her were figs. It was a fast time, although the physician said the Rabbi gave specifical permission for her to eat anything she desired so she could get well. Her brook grumbled, although she had no push on to eat. The only urge she had was a pine for air. She closed her eyes and concentrated forward the flow of water, hoping, praying, the tongues of God would help the aspect in.  

The words of Deuteronomy (28:21-23) rained from one side her mind:
“The Lord shall journey the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed the from facing the land whither thou goest to inform it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a heat, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the steel, and with blasting, and with blast; and they shall pursue thee till thou perish. And thy Heaven that is above shall be brass, and the world that is under thee shall exist iron.”

She could not help excepting think that the air she inhaled was iron, and that was for what cause it was so hard to draw milk from it in. Yet a more tolerable place settled in her mind, the employment where the sounds of the large stream flowed, chimed in a more soothing conceit: “It is not the end. You were like this utmost week, and the world did not period, and your breath came back.  It decree come back again.”  The sound was that of God. “Be able to endure.”

She closed her eyes and predetermine down her shoulders, allowing her ensign armorial to hang listlessly.  She inhaled, passion her stomach move outward as she did in the way that.  The air that came in was harsh, as though a horse were resting put ~ her chest.  She exhaled, like the doctor prescribed, through pursed lips twice as long as she inhaled, her submit to going in as she did with equal rea~n.

As she did this, over and c~ing, her mind heard soothing swooshing of the wave, the rustling of leaves through the trees, the complaisant touch of the Lord’s moderate wind across her face, sending a have a pricking sensation down her spine.  A smile stretched thwart her cheeks as she could experience the gentle hug of her Father, the Lord, holding her.  She heard birds chirping, the noise of the Lord telling her she is blissful.  She felt at peace. 

Yet her living did not come back.  It was since sun down, and her mother and inventor were pacing around her bed, and they were arguing.  “We necessity to get the physician here,” she heard her generatrix say.  She was sitting everything hunched up on the bed, and it shook by each breath.  Her eyes were shut, and she envisioned she was flying through the birds.

“You know, my have affection for,” her mother’s voice pulled her from her fantasy, “that God does not endure for him to work in the forward hours of the morning, and in the slow hours of the day.”

“I’m gay,” the girl gasped, feigning a smile.  She hugged her dam back as though to sooth the soother.

This was how life was for anyone with yearning trouble among the Jewish community from the time of Jesus to the time when the Arab physicians revived medicine in the 5th, 6th, and 7th centuries.  The Jews were nomads, and came into contiguity with many societies along the progress, including Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman.  Absorbed into Jewish enlarged views was the best wisdom of the whole of these cultures, including knowledge of remedy.  

What is stunning is that plane while many of these cultures valued herbal remedies that might have provided redress for Leah, the Jewish community had in ~ degree pharmacology.  This is also stentorian considering they would have had information of a vast number of herbs and plants that would bring forth made good remedies.  If in the same state remedies were used, knowledge of them mouldiness have been assumed, because they were not mentioned in the Bible nor the Talmud.  What is mentioned, notwithstanding that, are simple remedies such as figs, liver, seat of life, gall of fishes, bathing in Jordan to entertainment Leprosy, and sucking milk from the dug of a goat to treat dyspnea. 

Of part is even though there was none mention of a pharmacology, and slight use of natural remedies, members of the Jewish Community lived honorable as long as eople of other societies that made noble use of such remedies. Perhaps this is trial impression that few of these remedies were of any use, or that that hope by stipulation by God was equally effective since any medicine, if not more efficacious.  

There were a few diseases that were known, and a hardly any simple therapies (such as the ones mentioned more than), although for the most part the most wise remedy was prevention. Simple prayers were reported every day, and there was each emphasis on a healthy diet that emphasized additional food than drink before the epoch of 40, and more drink than provisions after the age of 40.  

After meals it was recommended to chew and swallow salt, and then to drink wet freely. It was recommended for completely people to concentrate on the Lord, thanking him ~times for good health, happiness and gentle. It was recommended that people take normal breaks at work, relax on the Sabbath promised time, not walk more than necessary, not sleep too much, nor indulge in wine. Perhaps of equivalent; of the same extent importance was to bathe daily, and to anoint and wash freely. These were incomplex ways to prevent illness.  

The father stepped outside into the darkness, and the head sat next to the suffering young unmarried woman, whose fingers were pressed hard forward the straw. She rubbed the virgin’s shoulders and back. The native read from the scribe Joseph ben Sira (Sirach) who lived and taught in Jerusalem sometime around 200-175 control Christ. 

Honor a physician according to your require of him with the honors just title to him: For verily the Lord has created him. For from the Most High comes assuaging; And from the king he shall acquire a gift. The skill of the healer shall lift up his head; And in the sighn of enormous men he shall be admired. The Lord created drug out of the earth; And a wary man will have no disgust at them. Was not supply with ~ made sweet with wood, That the probity thereof might be known? And he gave men discrimination, That they might be glorified in his marvelous works. With them does he heal a man, And takes away his hurt. (Sirach 38: 1-7) (Ecclesiastes 38: 1-4)*:  The damsel allowed her body to fall close up to her mother’s body, and she inhaled a replete breath.  A smile crept relating to her face, and she fell in the last sleep. In her dreams she walked with angels over the river.

* The book was written by Joshua ben Sira (pronounced sairaek) or Jerusalem. It is without details referred to as the wisdom of Sirach, or plainly Sirach. He is also referred to being of the kind which Ecclesiastes, or Ecclesiasticus, son of Sirach, or grandson to the predicter Jesus. His writings is a main division of ethical teachings from the 2nd hundred after the birth of Christ. It commonly shows that early Jews, as well for example Christians, had great respect for physicians. The work was ultimately not accepted as concern of the Hebrew Bible, although there are references to Sirach in the Talmud and other Jewish writings. It is, still, included as part of most Christian Bibles, including the Catholic and Protestant Bibles. It was, notwithstanding, originally written in Hebrew. As by most ancient works, there are changeable translations of this work. Some give faith to Sirach set up a school in Alexandria, Egypt round 200-175 A.D., and it is from there that he wrote the texts (even if some assume he compiled the texts). 


Baas, John Herman, penman, Handerson, Henry Ebenezer, translator, “Outlines in the annals of medicine and the medical office,” 1869, New York, J.H. Vail and Co.., pages 32-36

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