Abi gezunt : explorations into the role of health and the American Jewish dream / Jacob Jay Lindenthal, PhD, Dr PH.

Lindenthal, Jacob Jay [Browse]
Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2017.
xxix, 187 pages ; 24 cm. + 1 companion book.


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Indexes [Browse]
  • Jewish identities in post modern society. [More in this series]
  • Jewish identities in post-modern society
Summary note
  • "This book consists of a series of investigations into the cultural and behavioral patterns of East European immigrant Jews known to promote health and prevent disease beginning in the late 19th and into the 20th centuries. Drawing on data pointing to health as an economic commodity, leading to economic strength and social development, the author suggests that the high value accorded to health played a role in the relative economic prosperity of American Jews. The book explores the implications of good health as a source of human capital worthy of investment and its significance for recent immigrants" -- Provided by publisher.
  • "The Lindex represents a more than thirty-year effort to examine the health experiences of American Jews from the turn of the century. The idea for the project originated in the 1960s from discussions at a Yeshiva College course taught by Professor Nathan Goldberg on the financial value of maintaining and promoting health. The Lindex Study: An Ethnic Database received funding from the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine, resulting in a web-based compendium of more than 2,400 entries and representing more than 550 diseases experienced by Jews in America between 1874 and 2003. Although American Jews have served as the subject of many investigations, we believe the Lindex represents the first effort of its kind to provide such information in a coherent format, resulting in a valuable tool for the public and those in the life sciences industry and academic institutions. The vast amount of information amassed by this project led to the development of a MacroLindex (a literary compilation of facts) and a MicroLindex (a numerical compilation of data). Work on the Lindex inevitably led to a comprehensive examination of the American Jewish experience and an exploration into the economic implications of good health, i.e., health begets wealth. The result is Abi Gezunt: Health and the American Jewish Dream. Both the Lindex and Abi Gezunt are expansions of the discussion opened by Professor Goldberg." -- Back cover.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Halacha : The Foundation of Jewish Law and Life -- Education and Literacy : the Path to Good Health -- Charity : Das Judische Herz -- Family First -- Childrearing Practices and Attitudes -- Alcoholism Among the Jews -- Housing and Jobs in the New World : Health Against All Odds -- Socioeconomic Status and Health -- Health, Culture, and Wealth.
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Explorations into the role of health and the American Jewish dream
  • 9781618115362 (hardcover)
  • 1618115367 (hardcover)
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