Paracelsian


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Par`a`cel´si`an


prop. a.1.Of, pertaining to, or in conformity with, the practice of Paracelsus, a Swiss physician and alchemist of the 15th century.
prop. n.1.A follower of Paracelsus or his practice or teachings.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(77) On the difference between Paracelsian treatment by similitude and Galenic beliefs in the curative properties of opposites, see Debus, 9-11; on music as cure for erotic diseases, see Austern, 2000a and b.
Boyle and Newton drew on a well-developed experimental tradition and corpuscular matter theory derived from thirteenth-century Aristotelian alchemy and fused with Paracelsian spagyrical methods: it was seventeenth-century alchemy and iatrochemistry that provided them with the materialist theoretical basis and quantitative experimental methods on which to develop a replacement for Aristotle's substantial forms, not the Cartesian clockwork mechanism and Gassendian atomism.
Illustrated with symbolic engravings, these books constructed a complicated rhetoric out of a blend of alchemy, Paracelsian theosophy, Hermeticism, and Christian Kabbalah.
Taken together, these two volumes make a useful contribution to the history of Paracelsian medicine in sixteenth-century France.
The Paracelsian contribution, more obvious and perhaps stronger than any other, lay primarily in an emphasis on immediate experience in both the natural and spiritual realms.
Kassell argues that Forman, as an untutored, irregular medical practitioner, who did not clearly fit into the traditional hierarchy of physician, surgeon, and apothecary medical practitioners, or into the definable camps of Galenic or Paracelsian medicine, provides an entree into an anthropology of the medical world of early seventeenth-century London.
This book traces the influence of these theories from Marsilio Ficino through Aristotelian mineralogical writers and Paracelsian alchemists until arriving at Pierre Gassendi.
It is this close reading of Paracelsian thought that constitutes the main strength of the study.
Gunnoe, Jr., their edited collection of essays, Paracelsian Moments: Science, Medicine, and Astrology in Early Modern Europe, brings a great deal of context and clarity to the man and his work.
Knoeff documents a shift in Boerhaave's thinking from his early Institutiones medicae (1708), which was influenced by Robert Boyle's corpuscularian chemistry and the mechanics of inertia and attraction in Newton's Principia, to emphasize more the chemical attractions and repulsions that are found in Newton's Opticks, and eventually to abandon mechanical philosophy for a more Paracelsian metaphysics of seminal agencies that act directly on bodies from within them.
Like the German authors he admired, he borrowed many non-Aristotelian doctrines from the Italian medico-philosophers Girolamo Cardano and Julius Caesar Scaliger and from chemical authors of the Paracelsian tradition.