Report of the commissioners charged by the king with the examination of animal magnetism

  title={Report of the commissioners charged by the king with the examination of animal magnetism},
  author={B. S. G. Franklin and Majault and Lekha Roy and Sallin and Jean-Sylvain Bailly and D'Arcet and De Bory and Joseph-Ignace Guillotin and Antoine Laurent . Lavoisier},
  journal={International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis},
  pages={332 - 363}
a universally spread fluid; it is the means of a mutual influence between celestial bodies, the earth, & living bodies; it is continuous so as not to permit any vacuum; it is incomparably subtle; it is capable of receiving, spreading, & communicating all the sensations of movement; it is sensitive to flux & reflux. The physical body feels the effects of this agent; &, when it insinuates itself into the substance of nerves, it affects them immediately. One recognizes particularly in the human… 
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