John Locke and Helmontian Medicine

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    • Pages : 93 à 117
    • ISBN : 978-90-481-3685-8
    • ISSN : 0929-6425
    • DOI : 10.1007/978-90-481-3686-5_6
    • Date de création : 04-01-2011
    • Dernière mise à jour : 25-02-2015



    This paper examines the sources and nature of Locke’s medical thought. It is argued from a sampling of entries in Locke’s medical notebooks and his correspondence, that Locke was a chymical physician. His medical thought contains two interlocking strands: he was an adherent of mercurialist transmutational alchemy and Helmontian iatrochemistry. The major, though not the only, influence on these aspects of Locke’s thought was Robert Boyle.