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Franz (originally Friedrich) Anton Mesmer - bibliography

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Biography

Austrian physician, born May 23, 1734, Iznang auf der Höri, near Radolfzell, on the German side of Lake Constance; died March 15, 1815, Meersburg, Germany.

Bibliography

  • Dissertatio physico-medica de planetarum influxu in corpus humanum.
    Doctoral dissertation, 1766.
  • Schreiben über die Magnetkur. np. 1766.
  • Sendschreiben über die Magnetkur an einen auswärtigen Arzt. Vienna, 1775.
    The physician was Johann Christoph Unzer in Altona. This letter-paper went into several reprints.
  • Zweites Schreiben an das Publikum.
    Appendix to the Wien Diarium, Nr. 6, January 21, 1775.
  • Drittes Schreiben an die Frankfurter. 1775.
    French translation in the Journal encyclopédique, 1776; 4, 2: 324.
  • Mémoire sur la découverte du magnétisme animal.
    Pamphlet. Geneva and Paris, 1779.
    German translation, Karlsruhe, 1781; also published in French in Karlsruhe.
  • Précis historique des faits relatifs au magnétisme animal jusqu’en avril 1781.
    Pamphlet. London, 1781.
    Translated into German (Karlsruhe, 1783).
  • Sammlung der neuesten gedruckten und geschriebenen Nachrichten von Magnet-Curen vorzüglich der Mesmerischen.
    Leipzig, 1798.
    Summing up his letter-papers of 1775 and 1776.
  • Mémoires de F. A. Mesmer . . . sur ses découvertes.
    Paris, 1799; 2nd French edition, Paris, 1826.. German translation; Jena, 1800.
  • Über den Ursprung und die wahre Natur der Pocken, sowie über die Möglichkeit der gänzlichen Ausrottung durch die einzig richtige Verfahrensart bei der Geburt.
    Halle and Berlin, 1812.
  • Mesmerismus oder System der Wechselwirkungen, Theorie und Anwendung des thierischen Magnetismus als die allgemeine Heilkunde zur Erhaltung des Menschen.
    Mesmer’s main oeuvre, published on the instigation of Karl Christian Wolfart, Berlin, 1814. His description of the case of Maria Theresa Paradis is in chapter 11.
  • Allgemeine Erläuterungen über den Magnetismus und den Somnambulismus. Karlsruhe 1815.
    This pamphlet on hypnosis, sleepwalking, and posthypnotic suggestion first appeared in 1812, three years before Mesmer's death and long after his medical practice had been put to an end.
  • Aphorismes de M. Mesmer.
    Published by one of his pupils in Paris, 1785.
    Reprinted several times and translated into German (Strasbourg, 1785). Works on Mesmer and Mesmerism and other works referred to:
  • Richard Mead (1673-1754):
    De imperio solis ac lunae in corpora humana et morbis inde oriundis. London, 1704.
  • Nicolas Bergasse:
    Betrachtungen über den thierischen Magnetismum oder die Theorie der Welt und der organirsirten Wesen nach denen Grundsatzen des Hrn. Mesmer, nebst des Hrn. Marquis von Chatellux ... Gedanken uber die Bewegung. Mit einer Vorrede von Herrn H. M. Grafen v. Bruhl .
    Dresden, In der Churfurstl. Hofbuchdruckerey [etc.] 1790. 146 pages.
  • Johann Nathanael Pezold (1739-1812):
    Versuche mit dem thierischen Magnetismus.
    Archiv für die Physiologie, Halle, 1797; 2. Band, 1. Heft, pp. 1-18
  • Anonymous:
    Life and death of animal magnetism. Lancet, 1838, ii: 834-836.
    Mesmeric quackery. Lancet, 1848, ii: 45-46.
  • Ernest Bersot:
    Mesmer et le magnétisme animal.
    Paris, 1853; 4th edition, 1879.
  • Anonymous:
    Report of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the London Mesmeric Infirmary.
    Library of the Royal College of Physicians, London, 1856.
  • Andreas Justinus Christian Kerner (1786-1862):
    Franz Anton Mesmer, der Entdecker des thierischen Magnetismus.
    Frankfurt am Main, 1856.
  • Wilhelm Wurm (1831-1913):
    Darstellung der mesmerischen Heilmethode nach naturwissenschaftlichen Grundsätzen. Nebst der ersten vollständigen Biographie Mesmer's und einer fasslichen Anleitung zum Magnetisiren.
    München : J. Palm, 1857. Viii + 182 pages.
  • Friedrich Fritschen:
    Tierischer Magnetismus und Medizin. Dissertation, Berlin, 1870.
  • Eugen Sierke (1845-1925):
    Schwärmer und Schwindler zu Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts.
    Leipzig : S. Hirzel, 1874.
    A collection of historical studies on persons involved with unusual psychological phenomena whom the author considered to be of questionable reputation. The list of “fanatics and frauds” includes Franz Anton Mesmer and the exorcist Gassner.
  • Toni Rothmund (1877-1956):
    Arzt oder Scharlatan. Ein Mesmer-Roman.
    Stuttgart, 1851. 396 pages. Berlin : Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft 1952.
  • Carl Kiesewetter:
    Frans Anton Mesmer’s Leben und Lehre. Leipzig, 1893.
  • Alfred Georg Ludvig Lehmann (1858-1921):
    Aberglaube und Zauberei von den ältesten Zeiten an bis in die Gegenwart.
    Stuttgart : Enke, 1898. XII + 556 pages. 3rd edition Stuttgart 1925.
    5th edition by Gondrom Verlag 1990.
  • Wilhelm Scholz:
    Mesmer. Zukunft, 1902, 10: 34,
  • Lehmann:
    Aberglaube und Zauberei.
    German by Petersen, Stuttgart, 1908.
  • F. Podmore:
    Mesmerism and Christian Science.
    London, Methuen and Co, 1909.
  • M. Dessoir:
    Vom Jenseits der Seele. Stuttgart, 1917.
  • Milne Bramwell:
    Hypnotism: Its History, Practice and Theory.
    London, William Rider & Son Ltd, 1921.
  • Rudolf Tischner:
    Frans Anton Mesmer. Leben, Werk und Wirkungen.
    München, 1928.
  • August Hirsch (1817-1894), publisher:
    Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Ärzte aller Zeiten und Völker.
    2nd edition. Berlin, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1929.
    First published in 6 volumes 1884-1888. 3rd edition, München 1962.
  • Schürer-Waldheim:
    Anton Mesmer, ein Naturforscher ersten Ranges, sein Leben und Wirken. Seine Lehre vom tierischen Magnetismus und ihr Schicksal.
    Vienna, XVII, 1930.
  • Stefan Zweig:
    Die Heilung durch den Geist. Leipzig, 1931, pp. 31-143.
  • Harry Wain (1907-1970):
    The Story Behind the Word. Some Interesting Origins of Medical Terms.
    Springfield, Illinois, Charles C. Thomas, 1958.
  • M. M. Tinterow:
    Foundations of Hypnosis from Mesmer to Freud.
    Illinois, Charles C. Thomas, 1970: 209-211.
  • Robert Darnton:
    Mesmer, Franz Anton.
    In: Charles Coulston Gillispie, editor in chief: Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Charles Scribner’s Sons. New York, 1970. Volume 9, pages 325-328.
  • F. Kaplan:
    Dickens and Mesmerism: The Hidden Springs of Fiction.
    Princeton University Press, 1975.
  • G. Bloch:
    Mesmerism – A Translation of the Original and Scientific Writings of F. A. Mesmer.
    California, William Kaufmann Inc., 1980.
  • F. Kaplan:
    John Elliotson on Mesmerism. New York, Da Capo Press, 1982.
  • Encyclopædica Britannica. 1986.
  • Adam Crabtree:
    Animal magnetism, early hypnosis, and psychical research, 1771-1925.
    An annotated bibliography. White Plains, N.Y., Kraus International Publications [1988].
    Describes 1905 works, mostly with detailed annotations.
  • A. Winter:
    Etheral epidemic mesmerism and the introduction of inhalation anaesthesia to early Victorian London.
    Society for the History of Medicine, 1991, 4: 7-8.
  • Elizabeth S. Ridgway:
    John Elliotson (1791-1868): a bitter enemy of legitimate medicine? Part 1: Earlier Years and the introduction of mesmerism.
    Journal of Medical Biography, 1993, 1 (4): 191-198.
  • Elizabeth S. Ridgway:
    John Elliotson (1791-1868): a bitter enemy of legitimate medicine? Part 2: The mesmeric scandal of later years.
    Journal of Medical Biography, 1994, 2 (1): 1-7.
  • Alfred Georg Ludvig Lehmann:
    Aberglaube und Zauberei von den ältesten Zeiten an bis in die Gegenwart. Sondereinband, 770 pages. Mediengruppe König. Reprint of the 1908 edition. September 2008.

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