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Iatrochemistry (chymiatria)
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1. Definition and basics

While the influence of iatroastrology, like that of iatromagic, waned after the 17th century, with the appearance of Paracelsus’ works beginning in 1560, the importance of chemistry as a cornerstone of the new concept of life increased (Paracelsism; Chemical sciences). The central assertion that all life processes are essentially chemical solidified into the intellectual system of iatrochemistry (from Greek iatrós, “physician,” …

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Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe and Müller-Jahncke, Wolf-Dieter, “Iatrochemistry (chymiatria)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021219>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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