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For most of his life a clerk in the post office, Frank Podmore (1856-1910) was a prolific author on psychical research. As an undergraduate Podmore became interested in spiritualism, and he joined the British National Association of Spiritualists. Eventually disillusioned by that society, Podmore co-founded several organisations: the Progressive Association (in 1882); the Fellowship of the New Life (1883); and, spurred by his desire to see political change, the Fabian Society (1884). Podmore's membership in the Society for Psychical Research influenced his activities and interests, and he spent the next twenty years investigating and writing on psychical phenomena. Podmore's two-volume Modern Spiritualism (also reissued in this series) is a source for this 1909 work, which 'constituted the most scholarly history of mesmerism and its offshoots to that date', according to one reviewer. This work will interest historians of science and medicine, and scholars of Victorian religious movements.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowlege Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Healing by fluid; 2. The magnetic system; 3. The first French commission; 4. The discovery of Somnambulism; 5. Healing by suggestion; 6. Later French commissions; 7. Mesmerism in England; 8. The fluidic theory; 9. Clairvoyance; 10. Spiritualism in France; 11. Spiritualism in Germany; 12. The coming of the prophets; 13. Thomas Lake Harris; 14. The rise of mental-healing; 15. Mary Baker Eddy; 16. Christian science; Index.