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September 17, 1960


J. H. T.
JAMA. 1960;174(3):299-300. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030030079020

Paracelsus was born near Zurich, Switzerland, the year after Columbus discovered the new world. He inherited his interest in medicine from his father, a practicing physician, a humanist, and a botanist. History has never produced a satisfactory explanation for the deep interest in philosophy manifested by Paracelsus and his approach to medicine that was at times Quixotic. Paracelsus was not a Christian name chosen by his parents. It was, in part, a nom de plume. He was fond of neologopoiesis (JAMA 173:376 [May 28] 1960) and especially partial to the prefix para. It has been supposed that Paracelsus represents a combination of para and Celsus (superior to Celsus), the first important medical historian who lived in the reign of Tiberius Caesar. The medical practice of Para

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