A Key to Physic, and the Occult Sciences

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Physician, astrologer and occult philosopher, Ebenezer Sibly (1751-99) wrote popular works of medical theory and advice, including Culpeper's English Physician (1789) and this companion volume of 1795. A synthesis of theology, natural philosophy and medical science, the book argues for a microcosmic understanding of the human body as a composite of the four essential elements. An ambitious work, it bears witness to an important era in the development of modern medicine, as Sibly looks to combine an older hermetic tradition with new Enlightenment-era insights into the physical universe. In the final section of the work, Sibly touts his remedies, Lunar Tincture and Solar Tincture, developed to act upon female and male ailments, respectively. Composed from the 'pabulum of the universe', these medicines, Sibly claims, cure everything from gunshot wounds to dog bites.

Table of Contents

A key to physic and the occult sciences
God, and nature
Of nature
Of the visible and occult properties of nature
Of the first matter
Of atoms, and their nature
The properties, magnitude, figure, weight, and motion, of atoms
Of sympathy and antipathy in natural bodies
Of the occult properties of generation in plants and herbs
Of sympathy, antipathy, sagacity, and occult instinct, in brutes
Of animal flowers
Of the polypus
Of animalcules
Of instinct
Of scent
Of man
Of nutrition
Of food, or aliment
Of air
Of exercise
Of sleep
Of dreams
Of intemperance
Of the passions
Of impotency occasioned by fear
Of grief
Of love
Of melancholy
Of the prognostics of diseases, with rules for preserving health
Angina pectoris
Dangerous affection of the oesophagus
Observations on the means of preserving health
Of fixed air as a medicine
Of medical electricity
Of animal magnetism
Arguments to prove, that animal magnetism is the cause of sympathy in man and other animals, and in plants, etc.
Of antipathy
Effects of antipathy and sympathy in brute animals
Of attraction and repulsion, otherwise called sympathy and antipathy in plants
Considerations on the indispositions and diseases of man
Of indisposition and disease
Of human impregnation
Of feminine, or lunar diseases
Chlorosis, or green sickness, by some called, the love-fever
Of the fluor albus, or whites
Of barrenness, or infertility
Indispositions attendant on pregnancy
State of women at the turn of life
Of masculine, or solar diseases
Scrophula, scurvy, or king's evil
Debilitated, tainted, and enfeebled, constitutions
A relaxed habit
Hypochondriacal debility, or weak nerves
Nocturnal emisions, or incontinence of the semen
An impure or tainted habit
A tainted habit in a state of pregnancy
Tabes dorsalis, or consumption of the back
Rheumatic gout
Agues, convulsions, cholic, bloody-flux, and violent spasms in the stomach and bowels
Diseases of the breast and lungs, asthma, dropsy, or consumption
Mental depression, or lowness of spirits
Bile on the stomach
Bite of a mad dog, or any venomous reptile
For gun-shot wounds, cuts, stabs, etc.
Of the principles of life and death
Of the crisis, or critical turn of a disease
A lunar table
On the difference betwixt a natural and violent death, exemplified by the fate of the late King and Queen of France
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