Tag Archives: Paracelsus

Fluorescence

Leah Kaminsky Melbourne, Australia The art of medicine cannot be inherited, nor can it be copied from books. – Paracelsus     Photography by Michael My youngest daughter has a lizard called Limmy living on her bedside table. Each time I kiss my girl goodnight, stroke her long, blonde curls and turn off the light, […]

Intercepted letters: the Wandervogel syndrome

Reprinted from The Lancet, Anonymous, “The Wandervogel syndrome,” 1411–1412, December 24, 1966, with permission from Elsevier. My dear Dean, You seemed surprised in Faculty when I raised objections against extended leave of absence for Johnson to act as visiting professor in Chile. I have been brooding about this business for some time, and here is […]

Paracelsus: physician and alchemist

Alexandru Gh. Sonoc Sibiu, Romania   Paracelsus, 1935 F. Görtitz. Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania. This painting shows the famous alchemist and physician Paracelsus holding a retort in his hands and standing in front of a furnace on which is placed a glass balloon. In front of the furnace a pair of bellows lie on […]

Andreas Vesalius: Wesel to Basel

Wyn Beasley Wellington, New Zealand   Leuven University in 1429 The Witing family–or Witjing or Witincx; spelling was capricious in those days–originated in Wesel, at the junction of the Rhine and Lippe rivers, and its members were court physicians. Peter is supposed to have attended the Emperor Frederik III, who reigned 1440-1493, and he translated […]