Book ID: CBB405207590

Paracelsus: An Alchemical Life (2019)


Moran, Bruce T. (Author)

Reaktion Books

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 216
Language: English

Throughout his controversial life, the alchemist, physician, and social-religious radical known as Paracelsus combined traditions that were magical and empirical, scholarly and folk, learned and artisanal. He read ancient texts and then burned “the best” of them. He endorsed both Catholic and Reformation beliefs, but he also believed devoutly in a female deity. He traveled constantly, learning and teaching a new form of medicine based on the experience of miners, bathers, alchemists, midwives, and barber-surgeons. He argued for changes in the way the body was understood, how disease was defined, and how treatments were created, but he was also moved by mystical speculations, an alchemical view of nature, and an intriguing concept of creation. Bringing to light the ideas, diverse works, and major texts of this important Renaissance figure, Bruce T. Moran tells the story of how alchemy refashioned medical practice, showing how Paracelsus’s tenacity and endurance changed the medical world for the better and brought new perspectives to the study of nature.

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Authors & Contributors
Webster, Charles
Debus, Allen G.
Kassell, Lauren
López Pérez, Miguel
Rey Bueno, Mar
Zambelli, Paola
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Yale University Press
Oxford University Press
Ediciones Corona Borealis
Corona Brealis
Occult sciences
Iatrophysical school
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Dee, John
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni
Forman, Simon
Ficino, Marsilio
Della Porta, Giovan Battista
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
Early modern
15th century
Basel (Switzerland)
Great Britain

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