Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
This volume makes an early distinction between knowledge that is discovered
and knowledge that is received or found. If, as claimed, Paracelsus represents
the first category, this particular study of the 16th-century Swiss alchemist
and physician falls into the latter.
This book does not bring to light anything new to Paracelsian scholars.
In fact, it is greatly limited by an admitted reliance upon mostly English
sources and translations. The vast majority of Paracelsian scholarship is
in German. Biographical details surrounding Paracelsus’ presence in
Basel and other specifics of his life and work follow in large part, for instance,
from Henry Pachter’s study Magic into Science: The
Story of Paracelsus, which, whatever its merits, is now over a half
Moran BT. Paracelsus. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2153-2159. doi:10.1001/jama.292.17.2153