Nicole Edelman

Un savoir occulté ou pourquoi le magnétisme animal ne fut-il pas pensé «comme une branche très curieuse de psychologie et d'histoire naturelle»?

Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle, N. 38, 2009, pp. 115-132.

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The article covers two historical moments when animal magnetism was condemned by French academic authorities, in 1784 and in 1837. It attempts to understand the complex reasons which motivated the sidelining of this knowledge from which hypnosis (magnetic somnambulism) meanwhile originated. It offers cultural, political and social hypotheses to explain these condemnations.



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