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Letters on Mesmerism

Letters on Mesmerism

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

T. M. Greenhow
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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108027403


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  • Harriet Martineau (1802–1876) was a British writer who was one of the first social theorists to examine all aspects of a society, including class, religion, national character and the status of women. Seriously ill in the early 1840s, she turned to alternative remedies, and underwent a course of mesmerism, to which she attributed her remarkable restoration to health. She published her account of the treatment in a series of letters in the Athenaeum in December 1844, and subsequently in book form, and her cure caused a sensation, adding greatly to public interest in mesmerism. To her fury, her doctor (and brother-in-law) T. M. Greenhow defended his own treatment of her in a remarkably detailed account of her illness, which she regarded as a serious breach of patient confidentiality, and his pamphlet is appended to Martineau's work in this reissue.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108027403
    • length: 112 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.16kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mesmeric experience
    2. Mesmeric observation
    3. Spirit of inquiry
    4. Spirit of conviction
    5. Freedom of acceptance
    Appendix. Medical report of the case of Miss H[arriet] M[artineau] T. M. Greenhow.

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    Harriet Martineau


    T. M. Greenhow

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