• Radical Moisture

    Author(s):
    Elisabeth Moreau (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Medieval and early modern medicine, Renaissance philosophy, Alchemy
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Fernel, galenism, Paracelsus
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/y0k9-p159
    Abstract:
    The radical moisture is a Galenic physiological concept developed by medieval Arabo-Latin medicine, referring to an inborn moisture specific to living beings. Illustrated by the metaphor of the oil lamp, it is compared to an oily wick consumed by the flame of innate heat, whose extinction is synonymous with death. The vital moisture is involved in the physiological discussion on spirit and innate heat regarding the conservation of life. It also provides abundant parallels in chymistry developed by Platonic and Paracelsian physicians.
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