Phillipus Aureolus Theophratus Bombastus von Hohenheim 1493 -1541
‘The sun comes out and many reptiles spawn.’
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Many to whom the name of Paracelsus is familiar are wont to regard him as a singularly successful ‘quack’ who revived traditions of an earlier school of occultism in defiance of the more ‘scientific’ methods of his own time.
Nothing could be further than the truth.
In fact, the ‘doctors’ of Paracelsus’ day were for the most part theorists with very little, if any, practical experience. Paracelsus, on the other hand, derived his medical knowledge from both experiment and experience and travelled the world practising his medical science in more countries than any other medical expert of his day.
The name Paracelsus was a self adopted nom de plume possibly connoting ‘the highest of the high’ a Greek/Latin hybrid play on his surname Hohenheim (‘High-Home’).
To understand the writings of Paracelsus it is advisable to possess the keys to his alchemical code.
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