Franz Anton Mesmer

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An Austrian physician (1734-1815) who lived in France and developed the pseudoscientific doctrine of animal magnetism, a form of hypnosis. Mesmer’s theories and methods were discredited by the medical practitioners of his time.


Franz Anton, Austrian physician, 1733-1815.
mesmeric crisis - reaction technique. Synonym(s): grand crisis; magnetic crisis
mesmerism - the use of hypnotism as practiced by Mesmer.
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As far back as the 19th century, Franz Anton Mesmer used hypnotic inductions as a method of pain control in delivery.
Chapters examine ripple effects from Swedenborg's metaphysical insights, including discussions of Franz Anton Mesmer and animal magnetism, the Marquis de Puysegur and the alternate-consciousness paradigm, and transformations that continued to rework America after the shift described as the "Covert" Enlightenment came to a close.