Mesmer, the franklin commission, and hypnosis: A counterfactual essay

@article{Kihlstrom2002MesmerTF,
  title={Mesmer, the franklin commission, and hypnosis: A counterfactual essay},
  author={John F. Kihlstrom},
  journal={International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis},
  year={2002},
  volume={50},
  pages={407 - 419}
}
  • J. Kihlstrom
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Abstract The author reviews the social and scientific context for both Mesmer's theory of animal magnetism and the evaluation of that theory by the Franklin Commission. If Mesmer had never lived, someone else would have introduced magnets into medicine; and if the Franklin Commission had never met, someone else would have found the theory of animal magnetism invalid. Mesmer's theory was an imperfect analogy conditioned by the scientific vocabulary of his time, and the Franklin Commission's… Expand
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