'Morbus' and 'Anatomia'. Two Early Medical Essays by John Locke

Adam Grzeliński

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2016.009

Abstract


John Locke’s medical interests resulted in several short texts in which he criticizes two theoretical conceptions of his days, paracelsianism and galenism. Two of the texts – ‘Morbus’ and ‘Anatomia’ – show the influence of Thomas Sydenham on Locke’s understanding of medicine which can be summarized as a turn towards clinical medicine and empirical investigations. The article reconstructs this early stage of the development of Locke’s standpoint leading to ‘An Essay Concerning Human Understanding’.


Keywords


John Locke; British empiricism; history of medicine; Robert Boyle; Thomas Sydenham

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