Jan Baptist van Helmont

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Jan Baptist van Helmont AKA The Descartes of Medicine

Belgium / France 1579 - 1644

Comments: Alchemy; medicine; "the founder of pneumatic chemistry"; believed Air and Water to be the Primary Elements, discounted Fire and Earth; sex magick; archeus as "aura vitalis seminum, vitae directrix" ("The chief Workman [Archeus] consists of the conjoyning of the vitall air, as of the matter, with the seminal likeness, which is the more inward spiritual kernel, containing the fruitfulness of the Seed; but the visible Seed is onely the husk of this", from Oriatrike, or Physick Refined, 1662;

Teachers: Paracelsus; William Harvey; Galileo Galilei ; Francis Bacon; "Butler"; Denys Zachare; Kuffle ; Gril; John Caspar Knoettner; Artist Elias; Sigmund Richter; Aegidius Guttmann; Henry Khunrath AKA Heinrich Khunrath;

Students: George Keith ; his son Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont; Lodewijk Elzevir; Thomas Lake Harris; A.E. Waite; H. Stanley Redgrove; Christian Lodowick; John Winthrop the Younger; George Starkey AKA Eirenaeus Philalethes ; Reverend Ezra Stiles, President of Yale; Sigmund Richter; Berthold Heinecke, author of "The Mysticism and Science of Johann Baptista van Helmont"; Christoph Brummet, author of "Das Blüt der Natür";

Friends: Margaret van Ranst, wife;

Enemies: George Fox; Jean Roberti;


Author: De magnetica vulnerum curatione (1621); Ortus medicinae, vel opera et opuscula omnia ("The Origin of Medicine, or Complete Works") in 1648.; Oriatrike, or Physick Refined, 1662; 'De Natura Vitae Eternae';

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Baptist_van_Helmont; http://www.sacred-texts.com/alc/arr/arr09.htm