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The Mesmerist

The Mesmerist

Author: Wendy Moore
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Medicine, in the early 1800s, was a brutal business. Operations were performed without anaesthesia while conventional treatment relied on leeches, cupping and toxic potions. The most surgeons could offer by way of pain relief was a large swig of brandy.


Onto this scene came John Elliotson, the dazzling new hope of the medical world. Charismatic and ambitious, Elliotson was determined to transform medicine from a hodge-podge of archaic remedies into a practice informed by the latest science. In this aim he was backed by Thomas Wakley, founder of the new magazine, theLancet, and a campaigner against corruption and malpractice.


Then, in the summer of 1837, a French visitor - the self-styled Baron Jules Denis Dupotet - arrived in London to promote an exotic new idea: mesmerism. The mesmerism mania would take the nation by storm but would ultimately split the two friends, and the medical world, asunder - throwing into focus fundamental questions about the fine line between medicine and quackery, between science and superstition.

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General Fields

  • : 9781474602310
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : January 2016
  • : 2.4 Centimeters X 13.5 Centimeters X 19.9 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : 320
  • : 154.70922
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Wendy Moore