volume 26, issue 3, P303-334 1993
DOI: 10.1017/s0007087400031071
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Abstract: Van Helmont's chemistry and medicine played a prominent part in the seventeenth-century opposition to Aristotelian natural philosophy and to Galenic medicine. Helmontian works, which rapidly achieved great notoriety all over Europe, gave rise to the most influential version of the chemical philosophy. Helmontian terms such asArcheus, Gas and Alkahestall became part of the accepted vocabulary of seventeenth-century science and medicine.