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Herbs were popular (home remedies)Head afflictions=sweet-smelling herbs like rose, lavender, sage, and bayHeart problems=plants like saffron, basil, and rosemaryStomach aches=wormwood, mint, balmLung afflictions (pneumonia, bronchitis)=liquorice, and comfrey (used in bronchitismedicine today)Malaria=Cinchona
plant derivative from Peru which cured quickly and acted on onlyone type of fever.--This hurt “humour” belief and people discovered that disease caused fever.Ear ache= roasted onion on ear Stye= rub eye with tail of black tomcatScurvy=drinking lemon juiceMental illness= Jean-Baptiste Denis est. new technique of transfusing blood to patients.Whenarterial blood from lambs injected into patients, seemed to recover.Method stopped when patients died.Large scale preventive measure for epidemic diseases did not come until 1764, when Dr.
Clarke invented small pox vaccine after discovered that people with slight cases wereimmune to future attacks.
General Overview of Alchemy
Hello! I am Cosimo the alchemist. We Renaissance alchemists believe that wecan change any substance into any other substance. For example, lately I have been trying very hard to convert common metals into gold and it just isn'tworking. Maybe you could help me. Anyhow, I'll work on that later.Any proficient alchemist, like myself, must have a well stocked and maintainedsupply of materials. You can look around my lab if you like.
Because I do most of my work with metals, my supplies are quitedifferent than those of other alchemists like my friend Arthur, who conductsmost of his experimentation with herbs and other organic material. In our times,an alchemist like my friend Art who spends most of his time working with plants is much like an herbalist and will sometimes even work on a largeexperiment with our local
Some of the metals I use most are: steel,copper, iron, and occasionally lead. Very rarely do I use valuable metals (notthat all metals aren't valuable) such as gold and silver. Otto Tachenius of London wrote an interesting account of the
thatyou might like to read.
 Not only are we alchemists of the renaissance interested in converting lesser metals to gold and silver, but we are also on a quest to be the first to discover the Philosophers Stone. It is thought that this stone is a magical substance thatcan cure all disease and make transmutations much easier. A transmutation isthe transformation of one substance to another by changing the elements of thesubstance. As serious as we are about locating '
', we actually knowvery little about it.Sometimes in our quest for the philosopher's stone we discover other elements.Two of my friends discovered phosphorus in their lab not too long ago. You canvisit the
andget their view of an alchemist's role if you wish. Women are considered adishonor in the society of alchemy. A woman,
has dared to risk thescrutiny of the Baron. I don't give her long before her lab is closed down andshe is jailed for practicing witchcraft.
Painting by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97)
The Alchymist inSearch of the Phiosophers' Stone discovers Phosphorus
[1]Our study of alchemy is actually closely related to many other topics, too, suchas religion and astrology. Many royalties around these parts believe that manyof the procedures I use try to transmutate metals into gold are closely related todeath, corruption, regeneration, and resurrection. By now you may bewondering how astrology fits in, but is actually quite simple. We alchemists believe that every planet, the sun, and the moon each represent a metal and thatthe location of the specific planet and the moon determine the success or failureof an experiment. Some of the specific metals and their corruspondingastrological bodies are:Sun ~ GoldMoon ~ Silver Mars ~ IronVenus ~ Copper Jupiter ~ TinSaturn ~ LeadMercury ~ Mercury (Quicksilver)For more information on
,visit my friend Thespis. I have a greatmany alchemist friends and acquaintances. There are a few pictures of them
working hanging in my
if you would like to take acloser look.Well now you are aware of my extraordinary profession. So, how about helpingme change this iron into gold. Hey, wait. No, don't leave. Where are you going?Help me! I'm not crazy! I'm not! Come on, please! Please, prithee, pray!PPPPLLLLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE!!!!!!!
Written and compiled by Sol Schulman
[Setting: Alchemy lab from the Renaissance: various beakers, test tubes,mortar and pestle. Backdrop of athenor - chimneyed brick 'oven'. On flooris a replica of the alchemists' pentacle. Alchemists costumed in 'lab coats'of the time.]Rycharde:
Good morrow, and welcome to my laboratory. I am the great Rycharded'Symmonds, the celebrated alchemist. And to my left is my friend and loyalcolleague, Edmonde da Vizquel.
Good day, friends. Welcome to our humble laboratory where we will beinstructing you in what you would call a crash course about the science of alchemy! To get started, it is important to understand that one of our main goalsas alchemists is to transmutate different substances into gold or some other  precious metal. Gold - the metal of kings; the symbol of kings. For you womenin the audience, we must tell you, alchemy is not a course that you can pursue.We both will be watching carefully that you do not pursue this topic beyondwhat we share with you. Alchemy in the hands of a woman is believed to bewitchcraft.
Although some of we alchemists also participate in medicine, do not confuse uswith herbalists.

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