Ethical Medicine in Paracelsus

Dietrich V. Engelhardt

Abstract


The last decades have seen an increaing interest in medical ethics. Paracelsus occupies an important place in the development of ethics in medicine in the crucial cultural passage between Middle Ages and Renaissance. Paracelsus' biography is in itself connected with ethical choices and theories. In his medical doctrines ethics is rooted in the belief in a strict correspondence between micro- and macrocosmos. Love is the basis which a correct doctor-patient relationship can be built. Ilnesses health should dominate the entire life, and not only the crucial moments of birth, sickness and death.

 

Key words: Paracelsus - Renaissance - Ethics 


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