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Denoting a school of medical thought in the 17th century that explained all physiologic and pathologic phenomena by the laws of physics.
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Santorio Santorio made iatromechanical experiments and introduced the medical thermometer (cf Larousse 2001: 817).
Zitser recently demonstrated, these humoral and iatromechanical theories were central to the self-conceptualization of Prince Boris Ivanovich Kurakin, famous Petrine diplomat, in his autobiographical Vita.
And it is the authorial character, the product of experience, who is able to make sense of the raw empirical data by fitting them into an iatromechanical scheme and thereby to make a second appeal for authority, beyond experience.