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Animal Magnetism/Mesmerism
(5,280 words)

The cultural movements covered by the terms “mesmerism” and “animal magnetism” are so complex that a long treatise would be required to cover them fully. Here we shall only outline the main cultural currents, and describe the directions they have taken in France, Germany, the British Isles, and the United States of America.

1. Franz Anton Mesmer

Mesmer's major accomplishments are fair…

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Meheust, Bertrand, “Animal Magnetism/Mesmerism”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_013>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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