Bringing Chemistry to Medicine – The Contribution of Paracelsus to Modern Toxicology

Chemical Education

Authors

  • Martin F. Wilks Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology & Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Basel, Missionsstrasse 64, Ch-4055 Basel;, Email: martin.wilks@unibas.ch

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2020.507

Keywords:

Alchemy, Chemical education, Dose-response, Paracelsus, Poison

Abstract

At the heart of Paracelsus' medical theory is the belief that all matter can be reduced to three basic elements: sulphur, mercury and salt. Their unique properties can be harnessed in the preparation of specific medicines. In this way, poisons can become medicines since it is the dose that determines toxicity.

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Published

2020-06-24

How to Cite

[1]
M. F. Wilks, Chimia 2020, 74, 507, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2020.507.