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Die medizinisch-naturphilosophischen Aphorismen und Kommentare des Magister Urso Salernitanus

Nature volume 140, page 386 (04 September 1937) | Download Citation



IN addition to an introduction by Dr. Paul Diepgen, professor of the history of medicine in the University of Berlin, this volume contains the aphorisms on medicine and natural philosophy of the thirteenth century physician and ecclesiastic Urso of Salerno, otherwise known as Magister Orso, followed by his commentaries in the Latin text. Dr. Riidolf Creutz has provided a full German translation of the aphorisms and an abbreviated translation of the commentaries. The historical significance of Urso, as Prof. Diepgen points out, lies in the fact that he deals with the same problems as Arnold of Villanova in the fourteenth, and Paracelsus in the sixteenth, centuries. All three writers were penetrated with Platonic and neo-Platonic ideas and reconciled their religious views with their outlook on natural science.

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