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Erastus, Thomas
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(Lüber; Sep 7, 1524, Baden im Aargau – Dec 31, 1583, Basel), physician, professor of medicine, and member of the church consistory. Following his studies in Basel (1542) and Bologna ( in 1552), Elector Ottheinrich appointed him professor at the University of Heidelberg (1558). A fierce opponent of the paracelsian “new” medicine (Paracelsus), his lectures in natural sciences and medicine mostly followed the traditional Aristotelio-Galenic school of science (e.g. on magic and the punishability of witches), though he sometimes …

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Benrath, Gustav Adolf, “Erastus, Thomas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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