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Four Treatises of Theophrastus von Hohenheim called Paracelsus

Nature volume 149, page 510 (09 May 1942) | Download Citation



“THE most striking figure among the physicians of the sixteenth century, perhaps in the whole of medical history, is Theophrastus von Hohenheim, called Paracelsus (1498-1541)”. This is the considered verdict of the best English historian of medicine. Paracelsus died at the age of forty-eight, after a wandering life, part of which was spent in the mining town of Villach, where he not only studied the diseases of miners, but also acquired a knowledge of chemistry. Some three hundred works have been attributed to him, of which one third have been printed and perhaps not more than fifteen are genuine. He borrowed much, without acknowledgment, from Basil Valentine.

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