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Author's Notes:  "Paracelsus" is a Double Dactyl formatted write that I wrote as a tribute to "Philippus von Hohenheim" (aka: "Paracelsus"). Paracelsus was Swiss-German and was born in Switzerland in 1493. He was a genius who was obviously ahead of his time for the early 16th century period he lived in during the era of Renaissance philosophy. Paracelsus wore multiple professional hats as an Alchemist, Astrologer, and Physician. His academic and practical interests spanned the fields of Alchemy, Physiology, Astrology, Science, and the Occult. Being ahead of his time, and being well-educated and very intelligent, often put him on a collision course with many of the established medical authorities of that time. Nevertheless, being both iconoclastic by attitude and nature as well as being arrogant to a fault, Paracelsus pushed ahead with many of his experiments and ideas, which breathed new life into the traditional views held at that time in the fields of medicine and chemistry. As a practicing astrologer he combined the use of astrological talismans in the treatment of disease with his medical procedures. Paracelsus was also well-known for using chemicals and minerals in medical treatments. With all of this said, he was viewed as "reformer" in his time, and through his medical and scientific achievements he was able to contribute to the further enlightenment of medical science in years to come. Paracelsus was, in effect, both a transformational and a transitional figure between the worlds of medieval and modern medicine. He was iconoclastic for sure. (Gary Bateman - June 15, 2015) (Double Dactyl)

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Paracelsus Supremus-Alchemist-Occultist Philippus von Hohenheim Alchemist, Astrologer, and Physician Arrogant to a fault. Medical genius Paracelsianism Iconoclastic for sure Ignorance he couldn’t halt. Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, June 15, 2015 (Double Dactyl)

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Date: 1/18/2018 7:24:00 PM
An artful devil dart dodge this informative double dactyl be, Gary. Wonderful poem brimming w/much knowledge and human insight. What is the etymological origin of Paracelsus? Just curious. Mighty fine poetry. Love and peace always.
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Date: 1/19/2018 5:41:00 PM
Hello Freddie!! I actually looked up the approximate etymological origin of Paracelsus which was Philippus von Hohenheim's cover moniker. He goes: "Paracelsus", meaning "equal to or greater than Celsus", refers to the Roman encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus from the 1st century, known for his tract on medicine. As far as I have been able to figure out, Hohenheim used Paracelsus because of his linkage to medicine. Remember that Paracelsus was both a famous Doctor and Alchemist. He played a central role in setting the stage for Alchemy to eventually transition into the hard science discipline we all call Chemistry. Like most geniuses, he was far-ahead of his medieval contemporaries. I'm glad you liked my Double Dactyl here!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 6/22/2015 1:26:00 PM
a solid write filled with fine images about a famed man's character, gary.. ohh so fine!..hugggs
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Date: 6/22/2015 3:19:00 PM
Thanks Nette!! I'm very pleased you like this double dactyl write on the famous alchemist known as "Paracelsus." A very interesting person indeed. Best Always Nette!! Gary
Date: 6/22/2015 7:24:00 AM
Arrogance precedes a fall. Love your take on the guy, Gary. A 7. How are you my friend? Best regards to you and Ingrid!
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Date: 6/22/2015 9:47:00 AM
Hello Kim, You are so right about "arrogance." Glad you liked my "Paracelsus" double dactyl here. He was many things good with what he contributed to humanity, but in spite of being a brilliant person, his arrogance hurt his cause. I'm doing okay. Shifted my focus over to writing short stories here for a while. Just completed a five-page (2,650 word) short story called: "My Dream Lover." (I built it out theme-wise from my earlier poem called: "I Know YOU from My Dream," which appeared in my first book. This short story along with others are planned for the future and will be in my second book under Section II. ("Section I" will be selected poetry.) And so, I've slowed down a bit on my poetry for right now, but it will pick up again later. I hope all is well by you Kim!! Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 6/19/2015 4:25:00 PM
Gary, you have a very unique talent, not only in your ability to write, but in the way you perceive things---this is a rare gift my friend---and it gives me pleasure in having the opportunity to be able to be exposed to it.
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Date: 6/19/2015 4:56:00 PM
Thank you Jerry so much for your most gracious comments!! I really appreciate them. I believe you know by now that I actually write for publication. This means everything I write and post at PS will eventually end up in a book. Writing thusly, keeps me from having to do massive rewrites later when it comes galley/proof time for the book. My "notes" serve as an ongoing audit trail (that I keep in a separate software program). Believe me, all of this makes things easier in the long-run. Did you ever get a copy of my first book, Conversations with My Muse"?? I'm already working on my second book (to be called "Storyteller") which will be both poetry and short stories. This one is ongoing and won't be finished for a while. Needless to say, I do too enjoy your writing and your humor very much Jerry!! I will try to get by your way more to read your poetry. Best Always, Gary
Date: 6/18/2015 5:40:00 PM
Gary excellent is all I can say...David
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Date: 6/19/2015 8:53:00 AM
David, Thanks for your read here and your confidence in in my write!! The Double Dactyls are a fun write. Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 6/18/2015 1:26:00 PM
A brilliant poem. Gary, we have to give thanks no one's taking a break. Love SKAT
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Date: 6/18/2015 1:46:00 PM
Hello SKAT, Thanks for your wonderful comment here and for reviewing my poem. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 6/17/2015 8:17:00 PM
Gary, the author note and the poem are informative and interesting and I like the form used, well done 7 and thanks for visiting my haiku poem
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Date: 6/18/2015 7:57:00 AM
Hello Broken Wings!! Thanks so much for your read of my Double Dactyl on Paracelsus -- and for the "7." Paracelsus was actually quite interesting. His work in medicine and alchemy foreshadowed modern medical techniques and modern chemistry as we know it today. He was a doctor and scholar certainly ahead of the age he lived in. Glad you liked this write. Best Always, Gary
Date: 6/16/2015 9:33:00 PM
Love the inevitable line 4 to 8! Well done, Gary!
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Date: 6/17/2015 1:47:00 PM
Thanks James for dropping by and for your read and wonderful comment. Ah yes, verses 4 and 8 by the double dactyl expected schema are supposed to rhyme, and they just happen to capture the Paracelsus's attitude (V4) and the stupid resistance of the medieval medical establishment (V8) to his new theories and ideas. He was a man ahead of his time -- definitely! Thanks for noticing verses 4 and 8 James!! I know you've written a lot of good poetry!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 6/16/2015 4:57:00 PM
VERY nice one for that form! last one for the day. I need to get offline now!
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Gary Bateman
Date: 6/16/2015 5:14:00 PM
Glad you liked this one Andrea!! I actually enjoy these. They are fun to research and put together. And Congrats again on POTD!! Best Wishes, Gary
Date: 6/15/2015 7:24:00 AM
- Interesting note and well written poem, dear Gary - You master all form wonderful! - I wish you a lovely new week :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 6/15/2015 4:47:00 PM
Hello Anne-Lise!! I knew you would find me. Thanks for reading my Double Dactyl write and the Author's Notes. I've done these writes before. Double Dactyls are actually very specific, compacted writes because of the syllabication rules. Likewise, I wish you all the best for the new week!! Cheers, Gary