By E. C. Spary
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He soon returned to Paris, entering the circle of the king’s premier physician, Guy-Crescent Fagon, and acquiring a degree from the Paris medical faculty in 1697. This was one of only two ways in which a physician like Hecquet or Andry, holding a medical degree from a provincial university, could legitimately practice in the metropolis, the other being to obtain a royal privilege. Hecquet was soon honored with the title of Doctor Regent of the faculty. 15 By contrast, Andry’s religious views were closer to the Molinism exhibited by many of the Mémoires de Trévoux reviewers.
In the first instance, then, attention to digestion allows the production of natural knowledge to be firmly situated within the domains of the body and of everyday life. Second, controversy over such issues rehearsed contemporary conflicts about the relative power of doctors, cooks, and eaters, an issue that will be reprised in subsequent chapters. Appeals to medical and scientific authority could legitimate proposals for the reform of society 5. Arnulphe D’Aumont, “Déjection” (1754), in Diderot and d’Alembert 1751–77, 4:770–73; Spary unpublished, chap.
Debus 2001, 26. 12. Lémery 1705, 306; Linand 1700. 13. Mémoires de Trévoux (1702): 32–33. intestina l struggles 23 favored the cultivation of the soul, rejected the pleasures of the body, and treated the proliferation of wealth and luxury with suspicion. During the early years of the century, different medical explanations for digestion mapped onto these distinct programs for the future of French society. In 1709 Philippe Hecquet, a doctor of the Paris medical faculty, published his Traité des dispenses du Carême (Treatise on Lenten Dispensations), which proclaimed the moral bankruptcy of Lenten dispensations.