From Transnational to Regional Magnetic Fevers: the Making of a Law on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-century Belgium


In May 1892, Belgium adopted a law on the exercise of hypnotism. The signing of the law constituted a temporary endpoint to six years of debate on the dangers and promises of hypnotism, a process of negotiation between medical doctors, members of parliament, legal professionals and lay practitioners. The terms of the debate were not very different from what… (More)