Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France

 
Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France by Robert Darnton
Published: 
January, 1986
ISBN: 
978-0674569515
Publisher: 
Harvard University Press

Early in 1788, Franz Anton Mesmer, a Viennese physician, arrived in Paris and began to promulgate a somewhat exotic theory of healing that almost immediately seized the imagination of the general populace. Robert Darnton, in his lively study of mesmerism and its relation to eighteenth-century radical political thought and popular scientific notions, provides a useful contribution to the study of popular culture and the manner in which ideas are diffused down through various social levels.

Area of Interest: 
Medicine & Health
Science
Period: 
17th & 18th Centuries
Region: 
Europe