Mesmerism and the American Cure of Souls
Fuller, Robert C. Mesmerism and the American Cure of Souls. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982.
Franz Mesmer believed that through the use of magnets he could manipulate an invisible energy or fluid that he called ‘animal magnetism,’ which existed in all beings, to cure patients. The focus of mesmerism was the balancing of this energy. His famous quote, “There is only one illness and one healing,” meant that mesmerism was a panacea because disorders and their cure were part of the same system. Mesmerism influenced 19th-century American thought-healers such as Andrew Jackson Davis and Phineas P. Quimby, an early mentor of Mary Baker Eddy. Fuller claims that traces of mesmerist theory laid the groundwork for mental cure systems and psychology. Fuller’s criticism is that mesmerists and psychological and faith healing systems tend toward intense individualism, even solipsism, and fail to take account of the morality of institutional structures that “link subjective vitality with responsible social conduct” (183).
ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-0812278477
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- Availability: Library or Purchase
- Controversy: Quimby-Eddy Debate
- Official Christian Science Publication: No
- People: Eddy, Mary Baker
- People: Mesmer, Franz
- People: Quimby, Phineas
- Publication Date: 1981-2000
- Resource Types: Book
- Subjects: Science and Health Book
- Subjects: Social and Cultural Studies