Ben Achiya: the first gastroenterologist in ancient Israel?

J Clin Gastroenterol. 1989 Feb;11(1):61-3.


Ben Achiya was the name of a Second Temple official who treated the digestive problems of ailing Jewish priests approximately 2500 years ago in Jerusalem. This article examines Talmudic and Rabbinic sources that provide the earliest historical record of a gastrointestinal specialist in ancient Israel.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Gastroenterology / history*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / history
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Judaism / history
  • Phytotherapy

Personal name as subject

  • B Achiya