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Final chapter, From India to the Planet Mars: A Study of a Case of Somnambulism with Glossolalia, by Théodore Flournoy (1900) (2018)


Among the many attempts to explain mediumship psychologically at the turn of the century were the efforts of Swiss psychologist Théodore Flournoy (1854–1920). In his well-known book Des Indes à la Planète Mars (1900), translated as From India to the Planet Mars (1900), Flournoy analysed the mediumistic productions of medium Hélène Smith (1861–1929), consisting of accounts of previous lives in France and in India, and material about planet Mars. Flournoy explained the phenomena as a function of cryptomnesia, suggestive influences, and subconscious creativity, analyses that influenced both psychology and psychical research. The purpose of this Classic Text is to reprint the conclusion of Flournoy’s study, whose ideas were developed in the context of psychological attention to mediumship and secondary personalities.

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Authors & Contributors
Alvarado, Carlos S.
Leporiere, Lorenzo
Wolffram, Heather
Biondi, Massimo
David Armando
Pierroberto Scaramella
History of Psychiatry
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science in Context
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Medical History
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
University of Illinois Press
University of Chicago Press
Manchester University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Occult sciences
Parapsychology; psychic phenomena
Medicine and religion
Palladino, Eusapia
Lang, Andrew
Schrenck-Notzing, Albert von
Myers, Frederic William Henry
Morselli, Enrico
Moll, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
Naples (Italy)
United States
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Society for Psychical Research

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