- “Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.
- “All is interrelated. Heaven and earth, air and water. All are but one thing, not four, not two and not three, but one. Where they are not together, there is only an incomplete piece”
- “Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new…but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?”
- Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.
- Once a disease has entered the body, all parts which are healthy must fight it: not one alone, but all. Because a disease might mean their common death. Nature knows this; and Nature attacks the disease with whatever help she can muster.
- Consider that we must not call our brother a fool, as we do not know what we ourselves are.
- The way you speak is how your heart is.
- “Be not another, if you can be yourself. ”
- “We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within our self”
- “He who wants to govern must have insight into the hearts of men and act accordingly”
- “If you have been given a talent, exercise it freely and happily like the sun: give everyone from your splendour”
- “Who else is the enemy of Nature but he who mistakes himself for more intelligent than Nature, though it is the highest school for all of us?”
Paracelsus (1493/4 – 24 September 1541), born Theophrastus von Hohenheim (full name Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, was a Swiss physician, alchemist and astrologer of the German Renaissance.
He was a pioneer in several aspects of the >medical revolution” of the Renaissance, emphasizing the value of observation in combination with received wisdom. He is credited as the “father of toxicology”.
Paracelsianism is the early modern medical movement inspired by the study of his works.
He discovered many techniques which became standard laboratory practice, such as concentrating alcohol by freezing it out of its solution, prepared drugs with regard to their purity, and advocated carefully measured doses. The findings of Paracelsus included his discovery of hydrogen and nitrogen. He founded the discipline of toxicology. He is also credited for giving chemical element zinc its name, calling it zincum. His medical works dealt with syphilis and its therapy, illnesses like miners’ disease, surgery, and the treatment of wounds. He wrote about medicinal springs (balencology) which were in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. His theoretical ideas about the effects of bathing are, in part, very modern.
“An important contribution to medicine was his discovery of new methods to treat wounds. Highly critical of the medical practices of his day, for example, Paracelsus insisted that wounds need to drain naturally.The conviction of his own experience and practice eventually paid off; he invented chemical urinalysis, chemical therapy, and suggested a biochemical theory of digestion. He demanded that the application of cow dung, feathers and other obnoxious concoctions to wounds be given up in favor of keeping the wounds clean, stating, ‘If you prevent infection, Nature will heal the wound all by herself.’ Thus he anticipated modern techniques of antisepsis by several centuries. By introducing chemistry and minerals into the field of medicine, he initiated science as an integral part of medicine for the first time. Paracelsus emphasized the curative power that was inherent in nature. He was a firm believer in the body’s ability to heal itself and the relation between the mind and body.”*
- * http://www.ediblewildfood.com/bios/paracelsus.aspx