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John Locke and Natural Philosophy$
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Peter R. Anstey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.001.0001

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Iatrochemistry

Iatrochemistry

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(p.169) 9 Iatrochemistry
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John Locke and Natural Philosophy
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Peter R. Anstey (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.003.0010

This chapter argues from an analysis of Locke's notebooks and correspondence, that Locke practised a form of mercurialist transmutational chymistry derived largely from Robert Boyle. It also shows that his approach to physic was strongly influenced by Helmontian medicine, including a seminal theory of disease.

Keywords:   Boyle, chymistry, disease, van Helmont, Newton, philosophical mercury, seminal principles, von Suchten, Starkey

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