The Complicated Man Behind Toxicology – Paracelsus
Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim or Paracelsus is known as the first or father of toxicology. His principles are still in use today.
- Dose and timing matter (threshold)
- People matter (response)
- and so does environment
His work is considered to be key in alchemy as well. He is known as a prophet or diviner. And he was a follower of Hermes Trismegistus.
And due to his father’s mentorship, he was educated in the Benedictine philosophies of the Catholic church. He was a lay theologian.
Paracelsus believed that the person who studied and practiced medicine/toxicology must believe in the divine and be of good character. He thought this was inseparable.