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The Mesmerist Renaissance: Medical Undercurrents and Testing the Limits of Scientific Authority

Sean M. Quinlan

in Morbid Undercurrents: Medical Subcultures in Postrevolutionary France

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501758331
eISBN:
9781501758348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501758331.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter highlights the published books on animal magnetism by Amand-Marie-Jacques de Chastenet, the Marquis de Puységur (1751–1825), a former aristocrat and artillery officer. It analyzes how ... More


It Does Not Exist: Animal Magnetism Before It Was True

Emily Ogden

in Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226532165
eISBN:
9780226532479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226532479.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter describes the first major debunking of mesmerism, the Paris animal magnetism investigation of 1784 chaired by Benjamin Franklin, and that debunking’s reception in the US from 1784 to the ... More


Animal Magnetism, Affective Influence, and Moral Dressage

Kari Weil

in Precarious Partners: Horses and Their Humans in Nineteenth-Century France

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226686233
eISBN:
9780226686400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226686400.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The notion of animal magnetism takes us back to Anton Mesmer in the eighteenth century, whose fame for curing illness with the mere “pass” of a hand quickly turned to infamy under the ... More


Machines

Cathy Gutierrez

in Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388350
eISBN:
9780199866472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Spiritualists believed that science would reveal the truths of their metaphysical claims and embraced medical and technological progress on all fronts. Spiritualist ritual was predicated on the ... More


A Vital Matter: Light and Life

Theresa Levitt

in The Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199544707
eISBN:
9780191720178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544707.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter looks at the question of light and living bodies. Arago once again fashioned himself as a debunker, questioning the claims of the rising spiritualist movement that there exist previously ... More


Sensations That Pull into the Lower Parts of the Body

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?: Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520257658
eISBN:
9780520944701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0071
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

This chapter provides detailed information on scientist, Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), who had an extreme aversion to demons and spirits. He clearly denounced exorcism and looked for healing powers ... More


Le Globe and the Intervention of History

Tony James

in Dream, Creativity, and Madness in Nineteenth-Century France

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151883
eISBN:
9780191672873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151883.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on Alexandre Bertrand. Bertrand, trained as a doctor and engineer, had a practical and scientific attitude towards the study of mesmerism and somnambulism, even so he did not ... More


Mesmerists and Alchemists in Victorian London

Mike A. Zuber

in Spiritual Alchemy: From Jacob Boehme to Mary Anne Atwood

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780190073046
eISBN:
9780190073077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190073046.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores the context in which Mary Anne South composed her Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery and shows that it remained faithful to Jacob Boehme’s spiritual alchemy despite ... More


Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism

Emily Ogden

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226532165
eISBN:
9780226532479
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226532479.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book offers a history of mesmerism, or animal magnetism, in the antebellum (pre-Civil War) United States. Imported from the plantations of the French Antilles by founder Charles Poyen, ... More


The College for Instruction in Elementary Philosophy

Susan Mitchell Sommers

in The Siblys of London: A Family on the Esoteric Fringes of Georgian England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190687328
eISBN:
9780190687359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687328.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Ebenezer Sibly returned to London in 1787–90. He followed many enthusiasms, trying to make his interests turn a quick profit. “Quick” seems to have been the operative term—he displays very little ... More


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