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Alex's favorite color is smaragdine, his favorite food is steak, and his favorite movie is "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
Along with his brother, Richard, best known for his translations of alchemica; and iatrochemical treatises, William Russell appears to have had a thriving business selling chemical medicines in late seventeenth-century London.(3) Russell's 'Preface to the Reader' reveals his belief in universal cures as being 'more efficacious, safe, certain and speedy, than any particular Remedy whatsoever' (A4-[A4.sup.v]), a conviction justified on the grounds of antiquity: 'Hermes Trismegistus [in] his Smaragdine Table sufficiently declares [it], where he saith, As is that, which is above, so is that which is beneath; and all is by the Mediation of One Thing' ([A5.sup.v]).