iatrochemistry

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iatrochemistry

(aɪˌætrəʊˈkɛmɪstrɪ)
n
(Chemistry) chem the discipline of treating disease or illness using chemical solutions

iatrochemistry

1. originally, alchemy devoted to medicinal purposes, especially the alchemy of the period 1525-1660, influenced by the theories of Paracelsus.
2. currently, chemistry for healing purposes. — iatrochemist, n.
See also: Alchemy
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2) The iatrochemists, seeing life as chemical process, such as Jan Baptist van Helmont (1579-1644) of Brussels, Franciscus Sylvius (1614-1672) of Leiden (founder of iatrochemistry), or Thomas Willis (1621-1675) of Oxford and London.
Mandeville, too, agreed with this conception of the nurturing State, referring to the medicine of iatrochemists.
Colbert was also interested in the development of thermal spas (Vichy, Saint Galmier), giving credence to the iatrochemists who increasingly advocated the need to drink water, and who praised the mineral and chemical properties of certain springs.