This rich record of the major interests of Paracelsus and other 16th-century chemical philosophers covers chemistry and nature in the Renaissance, Paracelsian debates, theories of Fludd, Helmontian restatement of chemical philosophy, and other fascinating aspects of the era. Well researched, compellingly related study. 36 black-and-white illustrations.
Debus had written several book before about Paracelsus (1493-1841), his followers, and the impact of his writing and philosophy on science and medicine over the following centuries. For his 1977 study, published by Science History Publications, he draws on those and other sources to provide a view of what their system looked like to them, rather than to later scholars. Here he adds a new preface and a list of errata. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR