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Hypnotism, Mesmerism And The New Witchcraft | by Ernest Hart



The papers here brought together have recently appeared in the 'Nineteenth Century' and the 'British Medical Journal, and are reprinted by permission. They are published to meet the wishes of some who have suggested to me it might prove useful and acceptable that they should be collected into a small volume, and thus become more available for current reference than they would otherwise have been. They were so favourably received at the time of publication that I may venture to hope it is not presumptuous to give them this more permanent shape. Nothing has been written in the way of criticism which seemed to me at all substantial, or to call for any modification of the text...

TitleHypnotism, Mesmerism And The New Witchcraft
AuthorErnest Hart
PublisherD. Appleton And Company
Year1898
Copyright1898, D. Appleton And Company
AmazonHypnotism, Mesmerism, and the New Witchcraft

By Ernest Hart, Formerly Hospital And Ophtalmic Surgeon To St Mary's Hospital, London

With 20 Illustrations

-Preface
The papers here brought together have recently appeared in the 'Nineteenth Century' and the 'British Medical Journal, and are reprinted by permission. They are published to meet the wishes of some who...
-Hypnotism And Humbug
The Attraction of the Unknown - The Forty History of Mesmerism - Some Control-experimente - Natural Sleep and Hypnotic Sleep - Hypnotism of Animals - The Follies of Telepathy and of ' Animal Magnetiim...
-Hypnotism And Humbug. Part 2
At this stage of my career I was house surgeon to a metropolitan hospital, and I had rather a sharp reminder of the danger of meddling with a subject of this nature. Two friends- one of whom, I may sa...
-Hypnotism And Humbug. Part 3
And here I may remark that this has always been found to be the case whenever tests have been applied to the so-called animal magnetisers or electro-biologists and their subjects. The fact is, that th...
-Hypnotism And Humbug. Part 4
What does all this mean? I will refer to one or two facts in relation to the structure and function of the brain, and show one or two simple experiments of very ancient parentage and date, which will,...
-Hypnotism And Humbug. Part 5
What does this mean? It means that the mental impression made upon him by the welcome and appetising spectacle has caused a secretion of saliva and of gastric juice; that is to say, the brain has, thr...
-Hypnotism And Humbug. Part 6
He accepts any statement as to flavours or odours; he swallows petroleum with delight, and believes it is champagne; mistakes salt for sugar, and mustard for honey. Of course, when all these tricks ar...
-Hypnotism And Humbug. Part 7
The second-sight and clairvoyance of the witches and the demoniacs, of the mystica and the mesmerist*, having been exposed and discredited, the same things are still from time to time revived under ne...
-Hypnotism, Animal Magnetism, And Hysteria
The Magnet In Medicine The remarkable properties of the natural magnet, its capacity for action without contact, and the respective attracting and repelling powers of its two poles, have greatly impr...
-Mesmer And His Dupes
Mesmer, who gives his name to the practice called mesmerism, did not think it sufficient to use talismans and magic boxes, but introduced contact and passes with the hand by which to communicate what ...
-The Key To The Phenomena Subjective And Resident In The Patient
It will, no doubt, readily occur to the minds of those who are at all versed in the scenes now witnessed from time to time that the occurrences, so vividly represented in the pictures already referred...
-Hypnotism And Hysteria Conditions Of Disturbed Equilibrium
The condition of hypnotism, mesmerism, etc,, is a mental condition - a condition of disturbed equilibrium of the nervous system and brain apparatus of the person operated on. With that key to unlock t...
-The Identity Of Phenomena In Hysteria And Hypnotic Suggestion
Everyone knows something about hysteria. Everyone is acquainted with that ordinary form of hysteria which is characterised frequently by what is known as an hysterical fit and is accompanied by tempor...
-Self-Suggested Emotions And Attitudes Of Hysterics
Fig. 1 shows a person in a state of what is not hysterical lethargy spontaneously arising in a hysterical patient, but hypnotic lethargy artificially induced. Pig. 2 is a photograph of a female hyster...
-Similar Conditions Induced In Hypnotics By Suggestion, Auto-Suggestion, And Physical Impressions
I now illustrate the artificially-induced hypnotic state, and show how our hypnotic patient is subject to the influence of impulses conveyed to her mind either by the voice of the operator or by self-...
-The Key To The Mystery
The key to all these phenomena was first given by our countryman, Mr. James Braid, of Manchester, in 1840-50. His explanation is exceedingly well stated in his admirable little pamphlet entitled 'Magi...
-Verbally Expressed Or Physical Impressions Only Are Capable Of Conveying Suggestions
In the same way, when once the subject is thoroughly hypnotised the operator can do nothing with him by willing or by wishing unless he express to him in words, or indicate to him by some other method...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism
Can these facts be put to any good use? Of this I am bound to say there is no present evidence except with relation to the most insignificant and imperfect results, and in my opinion there is little p...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 2
They have in turn retreated into the shadow of obscurity and oblivion or passed to the platform of other conjurers who 'show how it is done' But the love of mystery and the pursuit of the unknown are ...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 3
Moreover and especially, these demonstrations were alleged to be of the nature of scientific and physical experiment, therefore capable of control and test, which is very often not the case where the ...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 4
The water becomes highly charged with the sensitiveness of the individual, but loses it in a comparatively short time. On the other hand, a fat or greasy substance will retain the sensitiveness longer...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 5
In order to give an idea of the practices in vogue in the so-called hypno-therapeutic department of La Charit6 Hospital, under the direction of Dr. Luys, and of the principal performances which are gi...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 6
Dr. Luys l recognises frankly that a great variety of physical methods suffice to produce the condition of artificial sleep - the presentation of a shining object in front of the eyes, the vibrations ...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 7
And what is still more remarkable/ added the professor, 'if you give him an illustrated paper he sees blue and red flames radiating from the printed pictures taken from photographs of living individua...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 8
These phenomena form another chapter in the strange demonstrations which, to avoid mystification, I may venture at once by anticipation, however disrespectfully, to describe as fantastic and outrageou...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 9
As I was not prepared for the sequel, I spoke to him and asked him what was the matter. In many previous experiments he had answered quite intelligently the questions which I had put to him in his hyp...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 10
Almost immediately you see strange phenomena occur, which develop in the stage of catalepsy without somnambulism. Instantaneously Esther's face assumes an expression of terror, her eyes are widely ope...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 11
The patients to whom I had recourse were Marguerite ------, who was the patient actually in the wards of the Charite, and on whom Dr. Luys carried out, to use his own words, in my presence and that of...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 12
I ask Dr. Luys, then, to explain why, if he knew Jeanne and Clarice to be impostors, he presented them, together with Marguerite and Mervel, as witnesses of the truth only some weeks ago? How it is th...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 13
If now I touched the hair of the doll, which she was supposed not to see, she exclaimed, according to my notes, 'On touche les cheveux,' 'On les tire' - 'They are touching my hair - they are pulling i...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 14
Dr. Lutaud, The Editor Of The 'Journal De Medecine De Paris,' Writes I have read with most lively interest in the 'British Medical Journal' your notes on the New Mesmerism, and I hasten to state that...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 15
He may be induced to become a homicide, an incendiary, or suicide, and all these impulses deposited in his brain during sleep become forces silently stored up, which will burst forth at a given moment...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 16
In connection with this part of the subject, and to throw a light on the active dangers associated with the practices of some of M. Luys's trained subjects, I think it right here to put on record the ...
-The Therapeutic Uselessness And Social Mischief Of Hypnotism. Part 17
I requested her assistance in that direction.Most of the available subjects, however, it appeared I already had in hand, but she recommended us to apply to a Madame S., who, she said, was versed in th...
-The Position Of Hypnotism In Therapeutics
The final question of the clinical physician, and the medical practitioner is the practical demand for the definition of the position of hypnotism in its relation to therapeutics. I may, I think, take...
-Hypnotic Suggestion Before The Law
It has been alleged that suggestion and somnambulism may have considerable value in unmasking certain crimes to which the tribunals of justice have not hitherto been able to attribute their true chara...
-Surgical Application
'At the first appearance of hypnotism, when Braid had shown that hypnotised subjects are insensitive to external stimuli, surgeons conceived the idea of using this method fir the performance of certai...
-Application Of Hypnotism In The Domain Of Obstetrics
Dr. Luys further writes: - 'The practice of hypnotism as applied to the art of midwifery has not yet yielded very satisfactory results. You may read on this subject a very interesting work written by ...
-Application Of Hypnotism In The Domain Of Obstetrics. Continued
The faith-curer of the grotto strengthens the weaker individuality. He plays upon the spring of self-suggestion. The patient is told to believe that he will be cured, to wish it fervently and he shall...
-Appendix
In view of the re-assertion by M. Encausse in the ' Revue-de Psychiatric' of the absolutely incorrect statement that the persons on whom I experimented were any other than the actual subjects introduc...
-The New Mesmerism
To The Editor Of The 'Times.' Sir, - Having been invited by the committee of the Institut de France to attend the Pasteur Jubilee, I found myself in Paris at the moment when the first communication o...
-The New Mesmerism. Continued
There is a still more painful social and moral side to this matter to which I can here only distantly allude, but which confirms me in the belief that the question is at least as much one of police as...







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