Although he studied classics at the University of Louvain, then studied spiritual writers, he finally turned to medicine after being unhappy with those fields.
He had theorized there were six different stages of digestion in his piece "Oriatrike or Physick Refined".
He is often called the founder of pneumatic chemistry, and he claimed 'gas' as his own invention.
After he received his license to practice medicine, he was diagnosed with scabies. He was cured by Paracelsian mineral remedies.
When he was studying in school, it is said he threw away his books or even gave them away, searching for knowledge.
When he retired, he spent at least 7 years dedicating himself to research for relief of the poor.
His piece "Of the Magnetic Curing of Wounds" lead to problems with the Spanish Inquisition, which he was not acquitted of until 2 years after his death.
Much of his writing was published posthumously by his son Francis Mercurius.
Though he followed the beliefs of Paracelsus, he also believed in experimentation.
Since he married a wealthy women, he was able to retire early from his practice when she passed away.
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