A Journal of the Art and Science of Medicine
PARACELSUS: Physician, Alchemist, Healer (1493-1541)
Robert J. Weil, MD, FRCPC
"Paracelsus' personality was shaped by his physical appearance, an awareness of his father's illegitimate origin, his mother's mental illness and her tragic death, as well as the upheavals of his time. He was slightly built, barely 5 feet tall. His upper lip was short and did not quite cover his teeth. He was unhealthy in appearance and from an early age was almost totally bald. He was a restless, nervous man, easily aroused to violent temper."
"In Copenhagen he treated King Christian's mother for melancholia, and in 1520 the Grand Duke Basil of Russia called him to Moscow for consultations. While in Russia he was captured by the Tartars. During his lenient captivity among these roving warriors he learned some of the shaman's secrets. From a magus he received the recipe for laudanum and kept a constant supply of this opiate in the ball-shaped pommel of his sword, which he wore everywhere to emphasize his "noble" origin
. With the Tartars he travelled to Constantinople and, after his release from captivity, journeyed through the Balkans to the Greek islands and up the Nile."
Four Treatises of Theophrastus Von Hohenheim, Called Paracelsus
written by Paracelsus, Henry Ernest Sigerist
From Liber de Nymphis, Sylphis ...
"There is more bliss in describing the mountain people underground than in describing fencing
and service to ladies."
Nullo modo, amice.
"Ulrich von Lichtenstein"