Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chemistry of the sixteenth and first half of the seventeenth centuries. In that period the substitution of remedies prepared by artificial chemical processes for the roots and herbs of earlier medicine greatly changed the practice of that art, while, on the other hand, medical or medicophysiological theories to a great extent stimulated and guided chemical investigation. Among the more prominent iatrochemists were Paracelsus, Libavius, Van Helmont, Sylvius, Tachenius, and Glauber.
- n. chemistry, medicine An early branch of chemistry, having roots in alchemy, that tried to provide chemical remedies to diseases.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Chemistry applied to, or used in, medicine; -- used especially with reference to the doctrines in the school of physicians in Flanders, in the 17th century, who held that health depends upon the proper chemical relations of the fluids of the body, and who endeavored to explain the conditions of health or disease by chemical principles.
- From Ancient Greek ἰατρός (iatros, "doctor") + chemistry. (Wiktionary)
“Paracelsus is the last of the great alchemists; deeply concerned with the prolongation of life, he organizes iatrochemistry and directs it towards chemotherapy.”
“The profession was literally ravaged by theories, schools and systems -- iatromechanics, iatrochemistry, humoralism, the animism of Stahl, the vitalistic doctrines of Van Helmont and his followers -- and into this metaphysical confusion Morgagni came like an old Greek with his clear observation, sensible thinking and ripe scholarship.”
“Owing to the greater progress made in physics, iatrochemistry found fewer followers, and that it took root at all is the service of its chief representative Franz de le Boë Sylvius (1614-72), who in 1658 became professor of practical medicine at Leyden.”
“Iatrophysics was cultivated mainly in Italy and England; iatrochemistry in the Netherlands and Germany.”
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