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dc.contributor.authorHedesan, Delia Georgiana
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-02T11:23:07Z
dc.date.available2021-06-02T11:23:07Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/49398
dc.description.abstractThis chapter discusses Jan Baptist Van Helmont’s (1579-1644) views on poison in light of his medical alchemy. First, it argues that his approach was fundamentally influenced by the theories of ‘universal poison’ and ‘potent poison’ developed by Theophrastus von Hohenheim, called Paracelsus (1493-1541). Paracelsus’s ideas supported Van Helmont’s own views that medical alchemy was the only key to curing all diseases and poisons. At the same time, Van Helmont sought to set these concepts more clearly in a Christian framework, and also used them to launch a scathing attack on Galenic medicine and practices. Moreover, Van Helmont used poison theory to advance his belief in the existence of a universal solvent Alkahest that could extract medical essences out of any being. The Alkahest could then be used to construct an all-powerful universal medicine that proved God’s special providence to mankind.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRQ Alternative belief systems::HRQX Occult studies::HRQX2 Magic, alchemy & hermetic thoughten_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PS Biology, life sciences::PSB Biochemistry::PSBT Toxicology (non-medical)en_US
dc.subject.otherVan Helmont, medical alchemy, Paracelsianism, Paracelsus, poison theories, universal solvent, Alkahest, universal medicineen_US
dc.titleChapter Jan Baptist Van Helmont and the Medical-Alchemical Perspectives of Poisonen_US
dc.typechapter
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oapen.relation.isbn9780128095546en_US
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oapen.pages6en_US


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