Chemical and mechanical theories of digestion in early modern medicine.

@article{Clericuzio2012ChemicalAM,
  title={Chemical and mechanical theories of digestion in early modern medicine.},
  author={A. Clericuzio},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={
          329-37
        }
}
  • A. Clericuzio
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
The aim of this paper is to survey the iatrochemists' and iatromechanists' explanations of digestion, from the sixteenth to the early decades of the eighteenth century. The iatrochemists substituted the Galenic thermal digestion with a series of chemical processes, the same as those produced in the laboratory. Jean Baptiste van Helmont marked a turning point in the chemical understanding of digestion, indicating the acid ferment in the stomach as the digestive agent. In the wake of van Helmont… Expand
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