Franz Mesmer  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Franz Anton Mesmer (born Friedrich Anton Mesmer May 23, 1734March 5, 1815) discovered what he called magnétisme animal (animal magnetism and others often called mesmerism. The evolution of Mesmer's ideas and practices led James Braid (1795-1860) to develop hypnosis in 1842, his name being the root of the English verb 'mesmerize'.



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