author={Derek William Forrest},
  journal={International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis},
  pages={295 - 308}
  • D. Forrest
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Abstract This introductory article provides a brief outline of Mesmer's life and the main influences on his work. His theory, that a gravitational influence from sun and moon affected not only the tides but periodicity in physiological functioning, led him to investigate the use of magnets, which also operated at a distance and which might channel this universal fluid and lead to modification in a patient's condition. It was but a short step to discover that magnets were unnecessary because the… 

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