4391 1a Mesmer

4391 1a Mesmer - Franz Anton Mesmer In 1734, Franz Anton...

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Franz Anton Mesmer In 1734, Franz Anton Mesmer was born in Iznang, Germany. He attended the University of Vienna focusing his studies on medical training. He wrote his dissertation over the effects of how the gravitational pull of the planets effect human health. This theory later became known as “animal magnetism.” This belief incorporates the idea that we have a magnetic fluid-like substance in our bodies that channels gravity, and when this fluid is unbalanced it causes disease. To cure these diseases he felt that wearing magnets, or running them along the body, would restore the balance of the fluid, therefore ridding the patient of their disease. With the success of his practice Mesmer moved to France in order to spread the word. Eventually Mesmer got rid of the magnets, feeling that the physician acted as a strong enough conduit, and switched to just the physicians hands known as “magnetic passes.” To treat more people at a time Mesmer developed the baquet , a jar used to concentrate the magnetic fluid, and up to 20
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PSY 4391 taught by Professor Ginsburg during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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