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Woodcut of 16th Century Swiss physician/alchemist

Woodcut of 16th Century Swiss physician/alchemist

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Woodcut of the 16th century Swiss physician & alchemist, Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus (1493-1541). It was made by August Hirschvogel, 1540. Paracelsus became professor of medicine at Basel University in 1527, but was forced to leave the position in 1528. He publicly burnt the works of Galen & Avicenna, early physicians whose works dominated the development of medicine. Paracelsus belived that the practice of alchemy should be directed towards the preparation of medicines for curing disease & not as a means for manufacturing gold. His views were eventually developed into a system called iatrochemistry.

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