Franz Anton Mesmer

Standard Name: Mesmer, Franz Anton


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Health Harriet Martineau
HM was advised to try mesmeric treatment, the experimental therapeutic practice of the re-alignment of spirits which had been promoted by Franz Anton Mesmer as early as 1778, and which was popular in Britain throughout...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Elizabeth Inchbald
The medical practice of animal magnetism (something like hypnotism) was popularised by Franz Anton Mesmer , who arrived in Paris two months before this play opened, and was popularly connected with the sexual exploitation of...


February 1778: Franz Anton Mesmer, inventor of animal magnetism,...

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February 1778

Franz Anton Mesmer , inventor of animal magnetism, arrived in Paris to promote his theory.

6 November 1841: Charles MacKay's Extraordinary Popular Delusions...

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6 November 1841

Charles MacKay 's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds described a mesmeric session in terms highly suggestive of the sexual stimulation of the predominantly female devotees. It was published in three volumes; the...

1876: By this date, women healers were so popular...

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By this date, women healers were so popular among spiritualists that one consultation often cost as much as a guinea.


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