The Facts in the case of M. Valdemar<br />
Mesmerism<br />Animal magnetism <br />Trance<br />Hypnosis<br />Altered state<br /> Medical fraud<br />Early evidence of P...
Franz Anton Mesmer<br />Austrian Physician (1734-1815)<br />
Invisible ‘fluid’ – ‘the force’<br />
Invisible ‘fluid’ – ‘the force’<br />
The Mesmeric Process<br />Affected by magnets & ‘passes’<br />Mesmeric tubs & chains<br />
Surgery without anaesthetic!<br />
Dismissed by Royal Commission (1784)<br />It’s clearly a load of old codswallop!<br />
But persists as ‘pseudo-science’ <br />
What if…<br />There was a Mesmeric fluid?<br />
What if…<br />It could induce a ‘suspension’ of consciousness?<br />
And what if…<br />You mesmerised a man about to die from terminal illness?<br />
Could life be extended indefinitely until a cure could be found?<br />
Medical Vocabulary<br />In articulo mortis = ‘at the point of death’<br />Phthisis = tuberculosis (disease of the lungs – ...
‘amid ejaculations of ‘Dead! Dead! absolutely bursting from the tongue …’<br />Ejaculation = ‘outburst’<br />
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The Facts in the case of M. Valdemar

  1. 1. The Facts in the case of M. Valdemar<br />
  2. 2. Mesmerism<br />Animal magnetism <br />Trance<br />Hypnosis<br />Altered state<br /> Medical fraud<br />Early evidence of PNI<br />
  3. 3. Franz Anton Mesmer<br />Austrian Physician (1734-1815)<br />
  4. 4. Invisible ‘fluid’ – ‘the force’<br />
  5. 5. Invisible ‘fluid’ – ‘the force’<br />
  6. 6. The Mesmeric Process<br />Affected by magnets & ‘passes’<br />Mesmeric tubs & chains<br />
  7. 7. Surgery without anaesthetic!<br />
  8. 8. Dismissed by Royal Commission (1784)<br />It’s clearly a load of old codswallop!<br />
  9. 9. But persists as ‘pseudo-science’ <br />
  10. 10. What if…<br />There was a Mesmeric fluid?<br />
  11. 11. What if…<br />It could induce a ‘suspension’ of consciousness?<br />
  12. 12. And what if…<br />You mesmerised a man about to die from terminal illness?<br />
  13. 13. Could life be extended indefinitely until a cure could be found?<br />
  14. 14. Medical Vocabulary<br />In articulo mortis = ‘at the point of death’<br />Phthisis = tuberculosis (disease of the lungs – consumption)<br />Semi-osseous = partly ‘fossilised’<br />Cartilaginous = gristly<br />Aneurism = abnormal enlargement<br />Aorta = heart’s artery<br />
  15. 15. ‘amid ejaculations of ‘Dead! Dead! absolutely bursting from the tongue …’<br />Ejaculation = ‘outburst’<br />

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