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Upcoming Lecture on April 15 - "Diagnosing Sex: The Theories and Contributions of Paracelsus (1493-1541) to Pharmacological Medicine"

Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim took on the pen name Paracelsus in the 16th century to stress his deep knowledge of medicine and the great contribution of his writing to human knowledge. Many people agreed with this assessment. In the following centuries, Paracelsus was considered to be a central figure in the development of scientific chemistry out of the mystical traditions of alchemy. He was also one of the first to propose chemical theories of disease and use them in developing treatments. He wrote innovative works on theology, mineralogy and cosmology, too. As central Europe erupted in conflicts over religion, Paracelsus traveled widely working as a surgeon and doctor while writing numerous books that left a legacy challenging the medical teachings of his day. Many prominent scientists of later decades considered themselves members of a Paracelsian movement as they adopted radical new approaches to studying medicine. His work sparked controversy for centuries.

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Amy Eisen Cislo, PhD will speak about some of the most important aspects of Paracelsus's ideas for medical history with her lecture on the topic of "Diagnosing Sex: The theories and contributions of Paracelsus (1493-1541) to pharmacological literature," which will take place in the King Center on the 7th floor of the Bernard Becker Medical Library April 15th at 5:30 pm.

Dr. Cislo earned her degree from the German department at Washington University and currently teaches in the Women and Gender Studies program there. She is also the author of the book, Paracelsus's Theory of Embodiment: Conception and Gestation in Early Modern Europe, (London: Pickering and Chatto) which will be released this year. Her research has involved extensive work with the Paracelsus Collection of the St. Louis Medical Society that is housed at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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