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February 7, 1931

The Book of My Life (De Vita Propria Liber).

JAMA. 1931;96(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720320064035

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Cardano was born in Italy in 1501. He grew up in the period of Cellini. The book of his life is one of those fascinating autobiographies that tells almost everything. He was mentally eccentric but philosophically interesting if not sound. In the field of medicine he credits himself with certain definite contributions. Thus, he says:

To the art of medicine I have contributed the true reckoning of the duration of the crisis in diseases; a general relief for gout and for pestilential fevers; the manifold transmutations in oils; how from medicines not purgative to prepare cathartics; a treatise on the special properties of waters. I have discovered many a useful method of preparing food; also a way to convert medicines of little medicinal value into useful and ready remedies, and such as are extremely distasteful into remedies easily administered. I have a remedy which so efficaciously relieves and strengthens a

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