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Transforming Matter, Refining the Spirit - Penelope Gouk
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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2013 10:09 pm
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"Although tracing its origins back to antiquity, a distinctly new kind of alchemy emerged in mid-16th-century Europe. This new tradition developed out of the teachings of Paracelsus (1493–1541), a German medical practitioner who challenged the authority of university-trained physicians. He sought to establish a reformed kind of medicine based on first-hand experience of the natural world rather than dry scholastic texts. Alchemy was at the heart of this new medicine, a body of experimental practice and theory that not only held out the promise of improving the health of individuals but could also be applied to wider sicknesses of society."

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8889062


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