1538 Toxicology

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Paracelsus toxicology Toxicology


Difficult man

Some toxins

Paracelsus showed that syphilis was contracted by contact and treated with carefully measured doses of mercury. He is credited with introducing the first pain-killer to the west, the opiate laudanum. He was the first to point out that psychology affects physiology, that unconscious fantasizing about certain diseases can make a person more vulnerable to them.

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