|Dimensions||22 × 15 × 2.5 cm|
Publisher, Victor Gollancz, London 1951 9First Edition)
Hardback, pp. 253, rebound, 1/4 back dark-brown calf with marbled paper boards.
Condition, Used – Good, text-block free of foxing and notes, cover tight and clean, a little wear on spine.
Paracelsus, the popular name of Philippus Aureolus TheophrastusBombastus von Hohenheim, a German-Swiss physician and alchemist who established the role of chemistry in medicine. He published Der grossen Wundartzney (Great Surgery Book) in 1536 and a clinical description of syphilis in 1530. He was loved and loathed in equal measure, upsetting the traditional attitudes of Schoolmen. “The universities do not teach all things,” he wrote, “so a doctor must seek out old wives, gipsies, sorcerers, wandering tribes, old robbers, and such outlaws and take lessons from them. A doctor must be a traveller.…Knowledge is experience.” Paracelsus held that the crude language of the innkeeper, the barber, and the teamster had more real dignity and common sense than the dry Scholasticism of Aristotle, Galen of Pergamum, and Avicenna, some of the recognized medical authorities of his day. An important link between the pre-scientific and modern scientific world.
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