Paracelsus. Der grossen Wundartzney. Augsburg, 1536.

Paracelsus. Der grossen Wundartzney. Augsburg, 1536.

"The stubble on my chin knows more than you and all your scribes, my shoe buckles are more learned than your Galen and Avicenna, and my beard has more experience than all your high colleges!" thus spake Philip Theophrastus Aureolus Paracelsus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known simply as Paracelsus, a renaissance alchemist and physician who pioneered chemotherapy, the treatment of disease with chemical medicines. Paracelsus recognized that the body could often do a good job of healing itself. While other healers ground eggshells into oozing wounds, he advocated keeping the wound clean and otherwise leaving it alone. Not surprisingly, a considerable demand developed for Paracelsian medicine. Der grossen Wundartzney  (Great Surgery Book) was his greatest work and the only major book by him published during his lifetime. In it he presented a complete system of wound surgery, including those caused by gunshot, burning, and animal bites. It was a huge success and made Paracelsus wealthy.