You are invited to attend the US launch of Dr. David Reifler's book: Days of Ticho: Empire, Mandate, Medicine, and Art in the Holy Land on Sunday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. at TempleEmanuel. A light brunch and book signing are included.
Dr Avraham Albert Ticho was a Viennese-trained ophthalmologist who immigrated to Ottoman-ruled Jerusalem in 1912. There he married his cousin, the artist Anna Ticho, and together they made their mark on the history of the Land of Israel.
In Days of Ticho, the Tichos’ story is told in all its fascinating detail. Their personal history is presented against the backdrop of a variety of historical perspectives -- histories of medicine, art, civilian institutions, governments, and war; the struggles and growth of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine; and the conflicts that arose between Jews and their Arab neighbors.
Among the stories in this book are Dr Tichos’ supervision of the first nurses in Palestine and the early years of HadassahHospital, as well as the near-fatal stabbing of Dr Ticho by an Arab would-be assassin in November 1929, during the murderous riots that took place throughout Palestine. Those riots were an important turning point in Jewish-Arab relations, the harbinger of problems that remain the focus of world attention until today.
The Ticho House in Jerusalem was dedicated in May 1984 as a downtown annex of the IsraelMuseum, and it welcomes thousands of visitors every year. This book further contributes to the Tichos’ legacy while advancing an understanding of their times and ours.
David M. Reifler, M.D., is an award-winning ophthalmologist who specializes in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery. A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and the HenryFordHospital in Detroit, he trained in oculoplastic and orbital reconstructive surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and ThroatHospital.
Dr. Reifler is currently on-call professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is the editor and author of ASOPRS: The First Twenty-Five Years (1994), describing the subspecialty and the organization of which he served as president in 2004, and has written dozens of medical articles and book chapters. He lives with his wife, Karen, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is the proud father of three children and Saba to three grandchildren.