"You Will Find it in the Pharmacy": Physicians, Pharmacologists, and Practical Kabbalists in the Early Modern Period
Yohanan Petrovsky-ShternNorthwestern University, Chicago
December 11, 2014 / 6.00 pm
Center for Urban History, Lviv
This lecture is devoted to natural medicine, which combined early modern magic with Paracelsus’s pharmacology, which was popular in Poland. Popular medical publications in Polish and Hebrew, which appeared in the early 18th century, show that there was a common domain of Polish-Jewish beliefs and understanding of human physiology. Carriers of these beliefs were Jewish Baal Shem (shamans, practical Kabbalists), who emerged as mediators between early modern Polish pharmacy and Jewish communities. We will consider the environment of these shamans, on the one hand the founder of Hasidism Baal Shem Tov, and on the other hand early modern Polish pharmacy.