Wednesday, 21 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 7 of 10)

As his medical knowledge and expertise grew, so did his irritation with the incompetence of fellow physicians.

Thanks to his wide travelling, Paracelsus had accumulated impressive surgical skills and long experience in the use of herbs and minerals for curative purposes.

In contrast, the average medic in the 16th century possessed only the little knowledge that he had acquired at the University.

Paracelsus' effectiveness increased his fame, but his criticism of ignorant doctors made him many enemies. His conflicts with colleagues became extreme after he was appointed to teach medicine at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

To be continued in the next post.


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