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La Mettrie, Julien Offray de

  1. HJ Power

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002765



How to Cite

Power, H. 2001. La Mettrie, Julien Offray de. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


1709–1751 French doctor and medical philosopher known for his materialistic conception of man as a machine.


  • iatromechanist physiology;
  • medical philosophy;
  • psychology;
  • irritability;
  • Albrecht von Haller