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The Doctoral Dissertation of Nehemiah Grew (1641–1712): The Nervous Fluids and Iatrochymistry in Context (2023)


The purpose of this paper is to set the doctoral dissertation of Nehemiah Grew (1641–1712) in context of seventeenth-century iatrochymical studies of the nervous system. In doing so, we will delineate the influence of Sylvius and Francis Glisson (1597–1677) upon his work, as well as analyze the chymical and religious motivations behind Grew’s rejection of the theories of chymist and physician Johann Van Helmont (1579–1644). We will also briefly examine to what extent his Disputatio medico-physica established the foundation of his later research program in the chymistry of the body, and his cataloguing of materia medica in the Royal Society Repository.

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Authors & Contributors
Wragge-Morley, Alexander
Alfonso-Goldfarb, Ana Maria
Boss, Jeffrey
Hunter, Michael Cyril William
Garrett, Brian
Anker, Peder Johan
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
British Journal for the History of Science
Archives of Natural History
Quimica Nova
Intellectual History Review
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
University of Chicago Press
Science History Publications
Ashgate Publishing
Oxford University Press
Walter de Gruyter
Natural history
Medical chemistry
Natural philosophy
Mechanism; mechanical philosophy
Grew, Nehemiah
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Glisson, Francis
More, Henry
Ray, John
Boyle, Robert
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Early modern
Great Britain
British Isles
Prague (Czechia)
Royal Society of London

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