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Alexander Suessman Muntner

MUNTNER, ALEXANDER SUESSMAN (1897–1973), medical historian. Muntner was born in Kolomyya, Poland, and received his medical education in Berlin, at the same time pursuing Jewish studies. He graduated in 1928 and in 1933 immigrated to Ereẓ Israel where, apart from his military service during the War of Liberation and as medical officer in the South of France in charge of North African immigrants to Israel, he engaged in private practice. In 1959, he was appointed visiting professor in the history of medicine at The Hebrew University. Muntner devoted his life to the history of Jewish medicine in the Middle Ages, and particularly to *Asaph ha-Rofe, Shabbetai *Donnolo, and *Maimonides. He undertook the publication of the medieval Hebrew translation of Maimonides' medical treatises, both from manuscripts and previous versions.

In 1949, he published a fully annotated book on Donnolo, which included his extant works, and in 1957 he published his Mavo le-Sefer Asaph Ha-Rofe, and later an edition of the full Hebrew text. He was the Encyclopaedia Judaica first-edition departmental editor for medicine.

A bibliographical list of his works appears in Korot (see bibliography).


Korot, 6, nos. 3–4 (February 1973). This volume is dedicated to the memory of Muntner.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.