Article ID: CBB042314859

Alchemy and Chemical Medicines in Early Colonial Lima, Peru (2020)

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The article explores the use of minerals and the nature of chemical methods employed in Lima in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It does so through examining the availability of mineral resources, including pre-European knowledge of their use, through surveying the books and equipment used by physicians and apothecaries, and finally by examining prescriptions for medicines that were used to treat patients. It concludes that minerals were probably more commonly employed in medicines in Lima than in Spain but suggests that their preparation and use at this time drew on Spain’s alchemical tradition rather than on writings by Paracelsus and his followers. It argues that this did not reflect the effectiveness of censorship by the Inquisition.

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Authors & Contributors
Rey Bueno, Mar
López Pérez, Miguel
Eamon, William C.
Navarro Brotóns, Víctor
Alegre Pérez, María Esther
Penman, Leigh T. I.
Journals
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies
Medical History
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Foundations of Chemistry
Publishers
Corona Brealis
Instituto de Historia de la Ciencea y Documentación, Universitat de Valencia
Yale University Press
Tulane University
CNRS Éditions
Truman State University Press
Concepts
Alchemy
Medicine
Chemistry
Physicians; doctors
Paracelsianism
Spain, colonies
People
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Philip II, King of Spain
Böhme, Jakob
Walther, Balthasar
Cárdenas, Juan de
Places
Spain
Portugal
Peru
Italy
South America
Americas
Times
16th century
17th century
18th century
Renaissance
Early modern
19th century
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