Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Ariel and Joshua Weiner Family Fellow

Research Topic

Jewish Perspectives on Health in an East European Shtetl (Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries)


Marek Tuszewicki is a cultural historian at the Institute of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University. Much of his research and teaching focuses on the language and culture of East Ashkenazi Jews, particularly in their relationship with modernity. He has authored numerous articles devoted to Jewish medical culture. He is currently researching topics related to the folk medicine of Ashkenazi Jews, Jewish autobiographies, as well as the institutional and social aspects of old age and aging. 

Tuszewicki received his Ph.D. in History from the Jagiellonian University.

Selected publications

  • A Frog under the Tongue: Jewish Folk Medicine in Eastern Europe (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2021).
  • “Patient, Healer, Remedy: The Child in Traditional Jewish Medicine around 1900,” POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry 36 (2024): 104–21.



Exploring health through the intersection between bodies and systems, language and physicality, religion and science, and beyond.