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Ludwig Edelstein, ca.1955

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Ludwig Edelstein (1902 – 1965) was a classical scholar and historian of medicine. He was born in Berlin, Germany. Edelstein attended the University of Berlin from 1921-1924 and received his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg in 1929.

In 1933, he had to flee from Germany when the Nazis came to power. Upon his arrival in the USA in 1934, he took up an appointment at Johns Hopkins University. Subsequently, he taught at the University of Washington and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he resigned rather than sign the Levering Act loyalty oath. He then returned to Johns Hopkins, where he had appointments at the University in Philosophy and at the School of Medicine in History of Medicine. At the University he taught ancient Greek philosophy in undergraduate and graduate seminars and courses.

Edelstein's 1943 translation and commentary on the Hippocratic Oath was influential on contemporary thinking about medical ethics. He was an inspiring and beloved teacher. Several of his Hopkins students became accomplished scholars. He retired from Hopkin s and spent his last years at The Rockefeller Institute.

Years at The Rockefeller University: 1960-1965


medical ethics, history of medicine


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