Ibn Yaḥya, Gedaliah ben Tam

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IBN YAḤYA, GEDALIAH BEN TAM (16th century), physician and patron of learning in *Salonika. Ibn Yaḥya was said to have introduced new remedies into medical practice. He was friendly with *Amatus Lusitanus, who dedicated to him his seventh Centuria Curationum ("Hundred Medical Cases"). During a plague in 1548, he translated writings of the scholastic philosopher, Albertus Magnus, from Latin into Hebrew. His Spanish translation of the Dialoghi di Amore of Judah *Abrabanel (Venice, 1568) was dedicated to Philip ii of Spain. He and his friend Aaron *Afia exemplify the high standard of general culture among descendants of the Spanish exiles of 1492.

[Cecil Roth]

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