A Medical Diagnosis in Jerusalem

May 30, 2014
By: Joanna Shebson

The Tower of David is running an exhibit throughout the Tower related to the history of medicine in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis

The History of Jerusalem through the Lens of Medicine and Faith. 

Curator: Dr. Nirit Shalev – Khalifa

Advisors: Prof. Zohar Amar, Prof. Raphael Udassin, MD, Prof. Estēe

Dvorjetski, Prof. Eran Dolev, MD, Dr. Dan Barel

Funding for the exhibition has been given by TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Exhibition Opening: May 1, 2014    Exhibition Closing: April 2015

“Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis” touches on the thousands of years of life in the city through the lens of medical milestones beginning with the days of King David and King Hezekiah until the modern history of Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals.  Medicine in Jerusalem has always been about apostasy, sickness and epidemic and how they relate to the story of healing, miracles and faith.

This extensive exhibition draws inspiration from stories and medical cases, from doctors and pharmacies in the Old City and the new city, and from the many exhibits that are being shown to the public for the first time. The exhibition looks at the partnerships and contradictions found in the space between miracles and medicine.

The exhibition is presented in two galleries:

Part One – The Miracle and the Plague and the Historical Apothecary in Phasael Tower

Part Two – The Physicians’ Wisdom and Medical Mercy in the Crusader Hall


In the courtyard there is a special exhibit of traditional remedies and spices brought from the Old City markets. An array of traditional herbs can be found in the Herb Garden.

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About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.

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