(Physician, Botanist, Astrologer)
Birthday: December 17, 1493 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Paracelsus was a Swiss Germanphysician famous for establishing the importance of chemistry in the field of medicine and using unconventional cures for treating patients. As indicated by the ‘London Pharmacopoeia’ he was the inventor of new chemical remedies that involved iron, mercury, sulphur, and copper-sulphate. He was also famous for publishing a book on surgery titled ‘Der grossen Wundartzney’ or ‘The Great Surgery Book’ and for describing syphilis in clear clinical terms. He was the first to suggest that silicosis or ‘miner’s disease’ was not caused by the curse of ‘mountain spirits’ for sins committed by the miners but was the effect of inhaling vapors produced by various metals inside the mines. The practice of modern homeopathy evolved from his suggestions that giving a person small doses of things that made him ill in the first place could also cure him. He is also famous for curing the people of Stertzing suffering from a plague in 1534 by administering an oral medicine consisting of bread containing a minute quantity of the patient’s excreta removed by him with a needle point.He was the first to relate goiter to minerals in which lead played the main part. He had also contributed to the field of psychiatry by inventing new methodsof dealing with psychological ailments.