Paracelsus (1493-1541) was born Phillippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim. This Swiss alchemist changed his name to indicate his superiority over the great herbalist, Celsus. A product of the Renaissance, Paracelsus revolutionized pharmacy from a botanical science to the beginnings of a chemical orientation in the profession. He replaced the four body fluids identified by Hippocrates (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile) with three chemical constituents of the body. Paracelsus was the prime mover in bringing pharmacy from a botanical to a chemical science. Sulfure, mercury, and salter were the materials of the bodyk and drugs were used to overcome excess acid of alkalinity in the body. Alcohols, spirits, acids, and oils were used and mercurials and other minerals.
O_o Probably a repost of a similar biography, but I found it immensely amusing anyway XD. **goes back to homework**