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John Locke the philosopher stands as one of the commanding figures of the 17th century. John Locke the physician is much less well known. All biographies of Locke do indeed refer briefly to his medical interests, but the full extent of his medical commitment, and the degree to which medicine claimed his attention despite his many other activities, has never before been made clear. Dr. Dewhurst, consulting the extensive Locke manuscript sources, has produced a full-length "medical biography."
In the biographical sections the author brings to life the exciting period of the latter 17th century, following the Restoration, and indicates the intellectual, scientific, medical, and political crosscurrents of that era. In addition the book presents relevant selections from Locke's manuscript journals. Dr. Dewhurst has combed the manuscripts for entries of medical significance, and to these excerpts he has provided excellent annotation. The material covers the years 1675-1698, and is especially
King LS. John Locke (1632-1704), Physician and Philosopher: A Medical Biography. JAMA. 1964;187(5):378. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060180064034