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The Mesmerist

The Society Doctor Who Held Victorian London Spellbound

Wendy Moore

Physician John Elliotson and his friend Thomas Wakley, founding editor of The Lancet, were well-known medical pioneers in Victorian London. Yet when Elliotson championed the new ‘science’ of mesmerism, which purported to dull surgical pain, their friendship – and Elliotson’s credibility – were severely tested. Against a backdrop of Victorian lecture theatres and hospital wards, the two distinguished men publicly clashed over a technique which, for all its successes and failures, is still little understood.
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  • Publisher: Weidenfeld
  • Year: 2017
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 238x160mm
  • ISBN: 9781474602297
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.6kg
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