• Reforming the Prisca Medicina: Libavius’ Axioms of Elements and Mixture

    Author(s):
    Elisabeth Moreau (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Alchemy, History, Sixteenth century, Seventeenth century, Science--Philosophy, Technology--Philosophy, Science, Technology
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    galenism, Libavius, Paracelsus, renaissance humanism, Early modern history, History and philosophy of science and technology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/fjrf-cv19
    Abstract:
    Within the field of the history of alchemy and medicine, this chapter is centered on the physiological theory of the German alchemist physician Andreas Libavius (c.1550-1616). It aims at appraising the connection between his alchemical and medical views in the explanation of elements as the ultimate components of the body. Though Libavius did not publish any systematic treatise on physiology, it is possible to retrace his medical theory through the works previous to his famous Alchymia. In this respect, Libavius provided a prolific interpretation of Aristotelian theory of matter-form, Galenic medicine, and medieval alchemy in De medicina veterum tam Hippocratica quam Hermetica (Frankfurt, 1599). In addition to the general context of Libavius’ attacks on Paracelsianism, this chapter discusses his interpretation of elements, mixture and quintessence as key features of a reformed prisca medicina.
    Notes:
    The volume is in full Open Access here: https://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/pdfjs/web/viewer.html?file=/ddo/artikel/76156/978-3-447-11265-9_Free%20Open%20Access%20Download.pdf#pagemode=thumbs
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 years ago
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