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Iatrophysics or iatromechanics (fr. Greek) is the medical application of physics. It was a school of medicine in the seventeenth century which attempted to explain physiological phenomena in mechanical terms. It was related to iatrochemistry and was particularly associated with the work of Giovanni Borelli.


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