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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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Durable and Fragile Cage Bars

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65 Durable and Fragile Cage Bars
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What Is Medicine?
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Paul U. Unschuld

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0065

This chapter gives an overview on the introduction of a term, gas. Van Helmont, a Paracelsus' student, not only coined the term but clearly defined it. He conducted experiments to find out more about this spirit that he called gas. He identified carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and chlorine gas. He believed that he saw five kinds of gas that include wind gas, fat gas, dry gas, soot gas, and forest gas. He was convinced of the necessity of chemical medications and is considered the founder of “chemical therapy.” He believed in the idea that treating weapons with an ointment heals the wounds they have inflicted. He and many other builders of his time surely believed that they possessed an ordered worldview. Every element such as the godly, the spiritual, magical, chemical, carefully observed illnesses, and the increasing knowledge of morphology had its place. This was certainly an orderly worldview but was unsuitable as a blueprint for the development of a new medicine.

Keywords:   wind gas, dry gas, forest gas, chemical medications, chemical therapy, new medicine

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