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PLETSCH, SOLOMON:

German physician of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; a native of Regensburg. Pletsch was in 1394 appointed city surgeon of Frankfort-on-the-Main with a salary of 36 gulden per year. Besides, the city furnished him with six ells of cloth for his uniform, which was of the same color and quality as that of the Christian officials. Thus the only difference between Pletsch and his Christian predecessors and successors was in the form of the oath, the former taking it More Judaico. In the letter of commission, Pletsch bound himself to treat gratuitously all the members of the council with their servants and all the sick Jews who might be received at the hospital, and to take moderate fees from the citizens.

Bibliography:
  • M. Horovitz, Jüdische Aerzte in Frankfurt-am-Main, p. 6, Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1886;
  • Landau, Gesch. der Jüdischen Aerzte, p. 102, Berlin, 1895.
D. M. Sel.
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