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The purpose of this research paper is to demonstrate how Jewish history and disease
are deeply interconnected with one another. There are two ways one can approach this topic,
and this paper explores both perspectives. One viewpoint views disease as altering the course
of Jewish history. The other view claims that it is in fact the opposite case, where history in
fact shaped the development of certain diseases. It is hoped that through an understanding of
this subject matter one will gain a greater appreciation for biology and how the sciences
greatly impact the course of human history.