Visible Deeds of Music: Art and Music from Wagner to Cage

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Yale University Press, 2002 - Music - 290 pages
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Medicine played an important role in the early secularisation and eventual modernisation of German Jewish culture. As both physicians and patients, Jews exerted a great influence on the formation of modern medical discourse and practice. This fascinating book investigates the relationship between German Jews and medicine from medieval times until its demise under the Nazis. John Efron examines the rise of the German Jewish physician in the Middle Ages and his emergence as a new kind of secular, Jewish intellectual in the early modern period and beyond. The author shows how nineteenth-century medicine regarded Jews as possessing distinct physical and mental pathologies, which in turn led to the emergence in modern Germany of the 'Jewish body' as a cultural and scientific idea. He demonstrates why Jews flocked to the medical profession in Germany and Austria, noting that by 1933, 50 percent of Berlin's and 60 percent of Vienna's physicians were Jewish. He discusses the impact of this on Jewish and German culture, concluding with the fate of Jewish doctors under the Nazis, whose assault on them was designed to eliminate whatever intimacy had been built up between Germans and their Jewish doctors over the centuries.

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Charlotte Ashby is a Lecturer in Art and Design History at Birkbeck, University of London and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Viennese CafA(c) Project at the Royal College of Art. In 2008 she curated the exhibition Vienna CafA(c) 1900 at the Royal College of Art and co-convened the conference The Viennese CafA(c) as an Urban Site of Cultural Exchange.

Simon has been an avid traveler for most of his life. Having spent a great deal of time living in Asia, particularly Japan, Korea and Vietnam, he knows the expat lifestyle well. Simon was an English teacher for approximately 8 years, with his career culminating in the founding of a private English language institute in Seoul. Simon believes in life-long learning, having studied Psychology, Business and Computer Science at various universities in Australia and abroad. Simon's current goal is to create a series of digital travel guides that are not only practical, but entertaining as well.

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