In chemistry class
- Teacher: who can tell me who first promoted the use of chemicals to treat disease?
- Me: Paracelsus
- Teacher: oh good you read ahead
- Me in my head: No I just watch warehouse 13
All things are poison and nothing is without poison. It is the dose that makes a thing poisonous.
Hohe und tieffe Gründe von dem dreyfachen Leben des Menschen: nach dem Geheimnüss der dreyen Principien göttlicher Offenbahrung. Zu Amsterdam: [s.n.], gedruckt im Jahr Christi 1682.
Jakob Böhme (1575–1624) was a German mystic and theologian. His alchemical writings were influenced by the great alchemist and physician Paracelsus. Bohme was drawn to alchemy as a metaphysical science and used alchemical symbolism to describe spiritual and religious theories. Seen here is an engraving of a sphere containing alchemical symbols, with beasts below and angels in the heavens above whose energies filter down through a phoenix which is surrounded by eyes.
Medicine is not merely a science but an art. The character of the physician may act more powerfully upon the patient than the drugs employed.