New PDF release: "The Book of My Life" [De Vita Propria Liber]

By Jerome Cardan (Girolamo Cardano)

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At night I wore a black woolen hood to conceal my features, and put on shoes of sheep-pelt. On many a day, fully armed, I walked for exercise from mid-morning until evening, and often I wandered abroad throughout the night until day broke, dripping with perspiration from the exertion of a round of serenading on my musical instruments. When making professional calls as a Doctor of Medicine, I went mounted either on horse or mule, or, even more frequently, I went afoot. From the dinner hour on I am accustomed to wear lighter garments, but when driving I am always more heavily dressed.

CONCERNING MY COURSE OF LIFE This might rather be considered in the manner of prophecy for one who was then about to set out upon his life's labors, than as applying to my father himself, who, beyond the law-which, I understand, he practiced with extraordinary brilliance-had mastered only the elements of mathematics; he was in no wise given to original thinking, nor had he availed himself of the resources of the Greek language. This situation came about, in his case, more because of his many-sided interests, and his inconstancy of purpose, than because he was not naturally gifted, or because of sloth or faulty judgment; for he was subject to none of these defects.

Now I have fourteen good teeth and one which is rather weak; but it will last a long time, I think, for it still does its share. Indigestion, moreover, and a stomach not any too strong were my lot. From my seventy-second year, whenever I had eaten something more than usual, or had drunk too much, or had eaten between meals, or eaten anything not especially wholesome, I began to feel ill. I have set forth a remedy for the foregoing in the second book of my treatise On Guarding the Health. In my youth I was troubled with congenital palpitation [ 2I ] 22 THE BOOK OF MY LIFE of the heart, of which I was absolutely cured by medical skill.

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