Practical Instruction in Animal Magnetism, Part 1

Front Cover
B. Cranston & Company, 1837 - Animal magnetism - 142 pages

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.



Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 128 - I am convinced that she sees by some other organ than the eye, or with such rays of light only as can penetrate all substances, if there are any such. I have seen a sealed letter, containing a passage enclosed in lead, which letter she held at the side of her head not more than a moment all in sight, then gave it back to the writer, and afterward wrote what she had read in it. The letter was opened in my presence and the two writings agreed in every word, there being two differences in spelling only.
Page 31 - SOMNAMBULISM. 171 w th great, advantage in local pains; this is, to place a piece of linen several times folded, or a fragment of woollen or cotton cloth upon the suffering part; apply the mouth above it and breathe through it...
Page 70 - Ireland is critical ; the lord lieutenant's conduct has been foolish, and some of the resolutions of the people are very spirited. A German doctor, called Mesmer, having made the greatest discovery upon animal magnetism, he has instructed scholars, among whom your humble servant is called one of the most enthusiastic. I know as much as any conjuror ever did, which reminds me of our old friend's at Fishkill interview with the devil, that made us laugh so much, at his house, and before I go, I will...
Page 17 - Not knowing what other part to call her attention to, I requested her to look at every part of him. After some little time, she says, " His spleen is swelled ; it is enlarged." His spleen ! said I ; when we speak of a person who is spleeny, we suppose he has an imaginary complaint. What do you mean ? She said, " The part called- the spleen, is enlarged.
Page 52 - Bucks county ; all of which he afterwards ascertained to have been really so at that precise time ! Some of the things mentioned were these, viz : 'I see your house is made partly of log and partly of stone ; before the house is a pond which is now let out ; in the porch sits a woman, and a man with gray hairs ; in the house are several men,
Page 16 - She was then requested to describe the situation of the furniture in it, in order to discover whether she had got into the right place, and whether her clairvoyance might be trusted to at that time ; she described it very exactly. I then told her my patient had been sick a long time, and desired her to examine him, and tell what the disease was. She said, " He looks so bad, I do not like to do it.
Page 2 - I obtained some very curious and beneficial results, which strengthened my own faith. In the autumn, being in the city, I applied to a young physician, a man of much merit, who to the wisdom that sometimes doubts, added the desire to be convinced by actual experience. I requested him to obtain for me a patient, and if I effected a cure, he might consider this conclusive proof ; suggesting at the same time that the subject should not be considered in a critical state, lest fatal consequences might...
Page 91 - In certain persons there is a state of mind distinguished by a concurrence of the following circumstances. A languor, a listlessness, or want of resolution and activity with respect to all undertakings ; a disposition to seriousness, sadness, and timidity as to all future events, an apprehension of the worst or most unhappy state of them ; and therefore, often upon slight grounds, an apprehension of great evil.
Page 23 - ... head, hold them there a moment, and bring them down before the face, at the distance of one or two inches, as far as the pit...
Page 4 - After a general sketch of the history of the discovery and the obstacles opposed to it, he devotes a very remarkable article to the examination of the proofs on which the new doctrine is founded. Ho first lays down principles of indisputable correctness, concerning the probability of testimony, and applies them with equal logic and sagacity to the examination of the proofs of magnetism. He shows that its effects have been attested by thousands of witnesses, in whose ranks are found physicians, savans,...

Bibliographic information