Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France by Robert Darnton

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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.

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Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard University.
Published June 30, 2009 by Harvard University Press. 233 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Law & Philosophy, Travel. Non-fiction

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