Mesmerism and Christian Science: A Short History of Mental Healing

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Cambridge University Press, May 19, 2011 - History - 328 pages
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For most of his life a clerk in the post office, Frank Podmore (1856-1910) was a prolific author on psychical research. As an undergraduate Podmore became interested in spiritualism, and he joined the British National Association of Spiritualists. Eventually disillusioned by that society, Podmore co-founded several organisations: the Progressive Association (in 1882); the Fellowship of the New Life (1883); and, spurred by his desire to see political change, the Fabian Society (1884). Podmore's membership in the Society for Psychical Research influenced his activities and interests, and he spent the next twenty years investigating and writing on psychical phenomena. Podmore's two-volume Modern Spiritualism (also reissued in this series) is a source for this 1909 work, which 'constituted the most scholarly history of mesmerism and its offshoots to that date', according to one reviewer. This work will interest historians of science and medicine, and scholars of Victorian religious movements.
  

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Contents

HEALING BY FLUID I
1
THE MAGNETIC SYSTEM
26
THE FIRST FRENCH COMMISSION
41
THE DISCOVERY OF SOMNAMBULISM
63
HEALING BY SUGGESTION
87
LATER FRENCH COMMISSIONS
103
MESMERISM IN ENGLAND
122
THE FLUIDIC THEORY
151
SPIRITUALISM IN FRANCE
192
SPIRITUALISM IN GERMANY
205
THE COMING OF THE PROPHETS
218
THOMAS LAKE HARRIS
234
CHAPTER XIVTHE RISE OF MENTALHEALING
249
MARY BAKER EDDY
262
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
279
INDEX
301

CHAPTER IXCLAIRVOYANCE
168

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