Cristina Paoletti

Filosofia e pratica medica in John Gregory

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John Gregory became professor of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1766, when Robert Whytt died. His medical thought is strictly connected with Whytt's physiology, with whom he shared a non-mechanical and non-materialist interpretation of animal life. Gregory dealt also with a new moral and medical problem produced by the popularization of medical care, the relationship between a patient and his physician. Following Baconian advice and moral theories of David Hume and Thomas Reid, Gregory considered human imagination not only a cause of illness, but also a treatment: the correct use of imagination is said to improve the powers of understanding and to regulate passions.

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