Franz Anton Mesmer


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Noun1.Franz Anton Mesmer - Austrian physician who tried to treat diseases with a form of hypnotism (1734-1815)Franz Anton Mesmer - Austrian physician who tried to treat diseases with a form of hypnotism (1734-1815)
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Among the precursors of spiritualism was the Magnetist Movement which had grown out of the magnetic healing theories of Franz Anton Mesmer. The Magnetists had specialized in spiritual healing and the public demonstration of magnetic phenomena which included hypnotism.
In March 1770, at the height of his career, Messerschmidt purchased a house in the suburb of Landstrasse, and entered the orbit of one of the area's better known residents: Franz Anton Mesmer. A bust Messerschmidt made in the same year shows his new neighbour in the neoclassical style that befitted his dignity as a doctor and philosopher.
The word 'mesmerism' comes from the name of an 18th-century German physician named Franz Anton Mesmer (1733-1815).
The 1800s saw an explosion of water cures and homeopathy and Franz Anton Mesmer's hypnoses induced through animal magnetism, called 'mesmerism'.