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December 19, 2003 - Image 99

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-19

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vide half the physicians in medieval Europe — and
more than 40 Nobel Prize winners in medicine in
the 20th century? What esoteric medical knowledge
did Jewish doctors derive from the Talmud? Why
did anti-Semitic kings and bigoted clergy invariably
have Jewish personal physicians?
All this and more is answered in Dr. Frank
Heynick's Jews and Medicine: An Epic Saga (KTAV
Publishing House; $49.38), a 600-page volume in
which the author transports readers across conti-
nents and eras to recount the adventures and scien-
tific triumphs of Jewish physicians against the back-
drop of the social, religious, cultural, psychological
and political backdrop of place and time. "One
might almost say that for some 1,000 years and
counting, medicine has been the Jewish profession,"
Dr. Heynick writes.
The author, who received his doctorate in medicine
from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands)
with a dissertation on Freud's dream theory, has served
as a lecturer at various universities and has authored
more than 250 previous publications.



In And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary
Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank (Pantheon;
$35), journalist and first-time book author Steve
Oney -provides a thorough account of the 1913 slay-
ing of -13-year-old Mary Phagan in an Atlanta pencil
factory and explores the injustice that followed the
man accused of her murder, the factory's manager, a
Cornell-educated Northern Jew named Leo Frank,.
Oney casts. light on many previously unknown
aspects of the Frank case, including the first pub-
lished account of the influential Georgians who con-
ceived, carried out and then covered up Frank's
lynching. The book also illuminates the volatile
forces unleashed by the events, including the forma-
tion of two opposing organizations: the modern Ku
Klux Klan and the Anti-Defamation League.
Los Angeles-based Oney grew up in Atlanta, where
he worked for many years as a writer for the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution Magazine, he currently contributes
to many publications, including Esquire, Playboy,
Premiere, GQ and the New York Times Magazine.

Composer John Kander's and lyricist Fred Ebb's
collaboration — the longest composer-lyricist col-
laboration in Broadway history — has given audi-
ences some of the greatest creations of the American
musical stage, including Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of

the Spider Woman.
In Colored Lights: 40 Years of Words and Music,
Show Biz, Collaboration, and All That Jazz (Faber

and Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $23), as told to
Greg Lawrence, the reader listens in on a dialogue
between these two Jewish songwriters as they discuss
their lives and careers, what goes into a truly original
work, what makes a song work and how the collabo-
rative process develops. They also reminisce about
some of show business' most legendary figures —
Barbra Streisand, Zero Mostel, Lauren Bacall and
Harold Prince among them.
Greg Lawrence is the author or co-author of six
books, including Dance with Demons: The Life of

Jerome Robbins.

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