Medicine rests upon four pillars - philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.
This is alchemy, and this is the office of Vulcan; he is the apothecary and chemist of the medicine.
Although Alchemy has now fallen into contempt, and is even considered a thing of the past, the physicain should not be influenced by such judgements.
This process is alchemy: its founder is the smith Vulcan.
Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.
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