Pain pp 129-131 | Cite as

Pain and Suffering: Views of Jewish Theology

  • N. Peter Levinson
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplementum book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 38)


When we speak of pain we differentiate between physical pain and mental anguish. That the latter may be more severe and incapacitating than physical suffering is well known. Since the spread of psychosomatic medicine we realize moreover that physical and mental problems are closely interrelated and we cannot treat the body without taking cognizance of the soul and vice versa. Jewish theology usually doesn not distinguish between both aspects of human illness.


Psychosomatic Medicine Eternal Return Talmudic Rule Leather Shoe Mental Anguish 
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  • N. Peter Levinson
    • 1
  1. 1.HeidelbergFederal Republic of Germany

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