Had this not been the case he could scarcely have remained a firm believer in the phlogistic doctrine.
At the hands of Stahl and his school, the phlogistic theory, by exhibiting a fundamental similarity between all processes of combustion and by its remarkable flexibility, came to be a general theory of chemical action.
Scheele, although they isolated oxygen, were fogged by the phlogistic tenets; and H.
Lavoisier adequately recognized and acknowledged how much he owed to the researches of others; to himself is due the co-ordination of these researches, and the welding of his results into a doctrine to which the phlogistic theory ultimately succumbed.
The theory advocated by Lavoisier came to displace the phlogistic conception; but at first its acceptance was slow.