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In the 16th and 17th centuries, Swiss-born physician and alchemist Paracelsus (1493-1541) and his followers claimed to have found the key to a truly Christian interpretation of nature in chemistry. Building upon a mixture of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance sources, they believed that both macrocosmic and microcosmic events would be revealed through the personal observations of the chemist and the Divine Grace of the Lord. Until the publication of this book, however, the breadth and vicissitudes of the Paracelsian approach to nature and medicine had been little studied. The present work rectified the situation, providing a rich record of the major interests of the Paracelsian and other chemical philosophers and the conflicts they engaged in with their contemporaries. Topics include chemistry and nature in the Renaissance, the chemical philosophy, the Paracelsian debates, the synthesis of Robert Fludd, the Helmontian restatement of the chemical philosophy, the chemical philosophy in transition, and more. Enhanced with 36 halftone and line illustrations, this carefully researched study will be welcomed by students of the history of science, chemistry, medicine, and other disciplines. Revised republication in one volume of The Chemical Philosophy: Paracelsian Science and Medicine in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (2 vols.), published by Science History Publications, a division of Neale Watson Academic Publications, New York, 1977. New Preface. Postscript. Bibliography. Index. Errata List. 36 halftone and line illustrations.

Book News Annotation:

Debus had written several book before about Paracelsus (1493-1841), his followers, and the impact of his writing and philosophy on science and medicine over the following centuries. For his 1977 study, published by Science History Publications, he draws on those and other sources to provide a view of what their system looked like to them, rather than to later scholars. Here he adds a new preface and a list of errata.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Illustrated record of major interests of Paracelsus and other 16th-century chemical philosophers covers chemistry and nature in the Renaissance, Paracelsian debates, theories of Fludd, and other fascinating aspects of the era.

Synopsis:

Swiss-born physician and alchemist Paracelsus (1493-1541) and his disciples espoused a doctrine they proclaimed as a truly Christian interpretation of nature in chemistry. Drawing upon a mixture of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance sources, they developed a new philosophy that interpreted both macrocosmic and microcosmic events through the personal observations of the chemist and the Divine Grace of the Lord. Until the publication of this book, however, the breadth and vicissitudes of the Paracelsian approach to nature and medicine had been little studied.

This volume spans more than a century, providing a rich record of the major interests of the Paracelsian and other chemical philosophers and the conflicts in which they engaged with their contemporaries. It examines chemistry and nature in the Renaissance, the Paracelsian debates, the theories of Robert Fludd, the Helmontian restatement of the chemical philosophy, and many other issues of this transitional era in the history of science.

Enhanced with 36 black-and-white illustrations, this well-researched and compellingly related study will fascinate students of the history of science, chemistry, and medicine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486421759
Author:
Debus, Allen G.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Debus, Allen G.
Author:
Chemistry
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chemistry
Subject:
History of Medicine, 17th Cent.
Subject:
History of Medicine, 1
Subject:
Paracelsus
Subject:
Medicine -- History -- 17th century.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Chemistry
Series Volume:
2001-11
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 ht and line
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 1.5 pd

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Illustrated record of major interests of Paracelsus and other 16th-century chemical philosophers covers chemistry and nature in the Renaissance, Paracelsian debates, theories of Fludd, and other fascinating aspects of the era.
"Synopsis" by ,
Swiss-born physician and alchemist Paracelsus (1493-1541) and his disciples espoused a doctrine they proclaimed as a truly Christian interpretation of nature in chemistry. Drawing upon a mixture of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance sources, they developed a new philosophy that interpreted both macrocosmic and microcosmic events through the personal observations of the chemist and the Divine Grace of the Lord. Until the publication of this book, however, the breadth and vicissitudes of the Paracelsian approach to nature and medicine had been little studied.

This volume spans more than a century, providing a rich record of the major interests of the Paracelsian and other chemical philosophers and the conflicts in which they engaged with their contemporaries. It examines chemistry and nature in the Renaissance, the Paracelsian debates, the theories of Robert Fludd, the Helmontian restatement of the chemical philosophy, and many other issues of this transitional era in the history of science.

Enhanced with 36 black-and-white illustrations, this well-researched and compellingly related study will fascinate students of the history of science, chemistry, and medicine.

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