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Jules Bernard Luys on magnetic pathology (2019)


In the mesmeric movement, one of the phenomena cited to defend the existence of magnetic and nervous forces was the visual perception of them in the form of luminous emanations from people, or effluvia. This Classic Text is an 1892 article by French neurologist, Jules Bernard Luys (1828–97), about the observation of such effluvia by hypnotized individuals. Interestingly, the luminous phenomena perceived from mentally diseased individuals and from healthy ones had particular properties. Luys’s interest in this and other unorthodox phenomena were consistent with ideas of animal magnetism in the late neo-mesmeric movement, as well as with some physicalistic conceptions of hypnosis and the nervous system held at the time.

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Authors & Contributors
Berrios, German E.
Schioldann, Johan
Montiel, Luis
Hajek, Kim M.
Andresen, Christopher Schroeder
Méheust, Bertrand
History of Psychiatry
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Gender and History
Empêcheurs de Penser en Rond
MRA Ediciones
University of Chicago Press
Hypnosis and hypnotism
Mental disorders and diseases
Animal magnetism
Primary literature (historical sources)
Wimmer, August
Andresen, Christopher Schroeder
Bernheim, Hippolyte Marie
Snell, Ludwig
Maupassant, Guy de
Poe, Edgar Allan
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
20th century
Paris (France)
Salpêtrière, Paris

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