(123) Henri's urgency is striking and might be read as in part arising from belief in song as both erotic cure and potential charm--a belief consonant with Henri's well-known confidence in occult and Paracelsian
He then proceeds with a study of the 100 Paracelsian
aphorisms that comprise the largest section of the Demosterion.
Furthermore, Weeks describes the Paracelsian
imagination as being of two kinds: 1) the corporeal: the terrestrial/profane side; 2) the celestial: "faith" (these two sides constitute the total imagination as "astral body"):
For a fuller medical analysis of the fatal phallic power of woman's tongue as it is used by Lady Macbeth and the witches, see my recently published article, "The Pathogenic Female Tongue: A Galenic and Paracelsian
Diagnosis of Macbeth," Humanitas Taiwanica 78 (2013): 209-37.
Van Helmont, a 17th century Belgian alchemist, worked from the Paracelsian
model of sulfur, salt, and mercury in his pioneering research that "discovered" the properties of various gases, or geists (spirits).
Moshe Idel also notes that it is the "current view" among Jewish scholars that "the Jewish concept of the Golem contributed to the emergence of the Paracelsian
view of the homunculus," although he disagrees with this view (185).
In the Friar's actions, "so tutored by [his] art" (5.3.243), we see reflections of Bruno whose "disenchantment with Aristotle made him receptive to Neoplatonic and Hermetic authorities even friendlier to a magical worldview." (30) In addition, he assumes a Paracelsian
character, in that "Paracelsus transferred to the plane of natural philosophy or natural magic the mystic's direct, inward vision of God." (31) So steeped in the Friar's ill-chosen devotion to magical devices, Juliet's plans are doomed.
For the anonymous 'homish apothecarye', blindness "do lightely gret women whose floures fail before it be time" whilst "Sometime is the liver of a woman stopped/when her floures drawe upwarde/before it is due season." (47) Jorden named too little menstruation as one cause of suffocation of the mother, whereby "the matrix is drawne upwards or sidewards" and even in Hester's collection of Paracelsian
remedies, a large number mention the danger of retained menses.
The topics include Paracelsian
uroscopy and German chemiatric medicine in the Medicina Pensylvania of George de Benneville, the patients view of therapeutic pluralism and conflicting medical opinion, and the transmission of medical and pharmaceutical knowledge to colonial North America.
Paracelsianism--a slippery term that defies rigid definition--flourished, as is evident in Oswald Croll's important compilation of Paracelsian
remedies, and the widespread patronage of Paracelsian
physicians who served at the courts of Holy Roman Emperors and French and Spanish kings.
In the early seventeenth century, the Paracelsian
alchemist and physician J.