Sensations That Pull into the Lower Parts of the Body

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI:
Sensations That Pull into the Lower Parts of the Body

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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 in nature. He forms a trinity with John Brown and Samuel Hahnemann. The three are united by a common attribute that they created the only ideas system in the two-thousand-year history of medicine that arose primarily out of the expressiveness of the organism. John Brown learned about the effects of alcohol and opium, cold baths, and spices through his own experience, and made up his own theory based on those observations. Franz Anton Mesmer worked on magnets. All he knew about them was that they contained, and seemed to emit, invisible natural powers. He concluded that there is an “animal magnetism” and an “animal gravity” and the magnet can influence the organism. Mesmer traveled extensively, appearing as a magician who created wonderful effects with his magnets.

Keywords: spirits; magnets; natural powers; history of medicine; animal magnetism; animal gravity

Chapter.  843 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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