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A Key to Physic, and the Occult Sciences

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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044288

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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.

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044288
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    A key to physic and the occult sciences:
    1. God, and nature
    2. Of nature
    3. Of the visible and occult properties of nature
    4. Of the first matter
    5. Of atoms, and their nature
    6. The properties, magnitude, figure, weight, and motion, of atoms
    7. Of sympathy and antipathy in natural bodies
    8. Of the occult properties of generation in plants and herbs
    9. Of sympathy, antipathy, sagacity, and occult instinct, in brutes
    10. Of animal flowers
    11. Of the polypus
    12. Of animalcules
    13. Of instinct
    14. Of scent
    15. Of man
    16. Of nutrition
    17. Of food, or aliment
    18. Of air
    19. Of exercise
    20. Of sleep
    21. Of dreams
    22. Of intemperance
    23. Of the passions
    24. Of impotency occasioned by fear
    25. Of grief
    26. Of love
    27. Of melancholy
    28. Of the prognostics of diseases, with rules for preserving health
    29. Angina pectoris
    30. Dangerous affection of the oesophagus
    31. Observations on the means of preserving health
    32. Of fixed air as a medicine
    33. Of medical electricity
    34. Of animal magnetism
    35. Arguments to prove, that animal magnetism is the cause of sympathy in man and other animals, and in plants, etc.
    36. Of antipathy
    37. Effects of antipathy and sympathy in brute animals
    38. Of attraction and repulsion, otherwise called sympathy and antipathy in plants
    39. Considerations on the indispositions and diseases of man
    40. Of indisposition and disease
    41. Of human impregnation
    42. Of feminine, or lunar diseases
    43. Chlorosis, or green sickness, by some called, the love-fever
    44. Of the fluor albus, or whites
    45. Of barrenness, or infertility
    46. Indispositions attendant on pregnancy
    47. State of women at the turn of life
    48. Of masculine, or solar diseases
    49. Scrophula, scurvy, or king's evil
    50. Debilitated, tainted, and enfeebled, constitutions
    51. A relaxed habit
    52. Hypochondriacal debility, or weak nerves
    53. Nocturnal emisions, or incontinence of the semen
    54. Onanism
    55. An impure or tainted habit
    56. A tainted habit in a state of pregnancy
    57. Tabes dorsalis, or consumption of the back
    58. Rheumatic gout
    59. Agues, convulsions, cholic, bloody-flux, and violent spasms in the stomach and bowels
    60. Diseases of the breast and lungs, asthma, dropsy, or consumption
    61. Mental depression, or lowness of spirits
    62. Bile on the stomach
    63. Bite of a mad dog, or any venomous reptile
    64. For gun-shot wounds, cuts, stabs, etc.
    65. Of the principles of life and death
    66. Of the crisis, or critical turn of a disease
    67. A lunar table
    68. 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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    Ebenezer Sibly

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