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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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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.
The iatromechanical theory of gastric digestion by agitation of the food with resulting liquefaction dominated until the latter half of the 18th century.