Blake, John B. The length of the annotation depends to some extent upon the significance of the entry in that history. To promote his discovery, Mesmer moved in to Paris, which was the intellectual center of the Europe of his day. He insists that traditional occult interpretations of these things are mistaken and disclaims any connection with those of his followers who have gone in that direction.
In this letter he declares his belief in the efficacy of the cures performed by Mesmer and condemns the closed attitude of orthodox medicine.
He distinguished four different kinds of facts observed by the commissioners concerning animal magnetism: the first were those general positive effects about which it was not possible to come to any conclusions as to cause; the second were those which were negative, showing only the non-action of the alleged magnetic fluid; the third were effects, either positive or negative, which could be attributed to the work of the imagination; and the fourth were those positive effects that could only be explained through the action of some unknown agent.
Privately published paper Zum therapeutischen Konzept von Franz Anton Mesmer — In he was successfully treated by Mesmer and became his devoted follower. Leipzig: Wilhelm Friedrich,
Mesmer et quelquefois mieux. A description and defense of the use of the metallic tractors of Elisha Perkins — written by his son. It was presented privately to the King of France and appeared for the first time in print in see entry number For a fee, the somnambulist would diagnose an illness and prescribe remedies.
The Stockholm society believed that supernatural and spirit forces were at work in the creation of disease and so must be involved in the cure. Goschen,pp. Paris : n.
A satirical treatise written in opposition to animal magnetism. He insists that traditional occult interpretations of these things are mistaken and disclaims any connection with those of his followers who have gone in that direction. Yet, for approximately seventy-five years from its beginnings in , animal magnetism flourished as a medical and psychological specialty, and for another fifty years it continued to be a system of some influence.
What is puzzling is that the story of animal magnetism is so neglected. Published in London, the magazine was edited by F.