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The enigmatic sixteenth-century Swiss physician and natural philosopher Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, called Paracelsus, is known for the almost superhuman energy with which he produced his innumerable writings, for his remarkable achievements in the development of science, and for his reputation as a visionary (not to mention sorcerer) and alche ...more
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Published September 18th 1979 by Princeton University Press
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Ioseph Bonifacius (Ioannes)
It is a fine book. Interesting, but only the surface of Paracelsus's thinking.
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This book was written in the 1500s by a Swiss physician, he was a bit of a mystical Christian sage. Much of what he has to say is too tripped out to wrap your brain around, while some of his insight is profound. Not the easiest book to read, nothing so insightful that your life will be changed, but still it contains some spiritual seeds of enlightenment. I like his opinions on the physicians professional role and his God given responsibilities to his patients. I equally enjoyed his synopsis on d ...more
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Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, who published under the name Paracelsus ("greater than Celsus," a reference to the first-century Roman encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus) was a Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and occultist. He pioneered the use of chemicals and minerals in medicine, and was among the first to credibly suggest that illness was the ...more

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