1841 – Hypnotism is First Recognised
James Braid 19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860 was a Scottish surgeon, natural philosopher, and “gentleman scientist”.
He is regarded by some as the “Father of Modern Hypnotism”.
James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism on the 13th November 1841, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnotism.
Animal magnetism, also known as mesmerism, was the name given by German doctor Franz Mesmer in the 18th century to what he believed to be an invisible natural force possessed by all living things, including humans, animals, and vegetables.
He believed that the force could have physical effects, including healing, and he tried persistently but without success to achieve scientific recognition of his ideas.
Extra Note: Hypnotism and Hypnotherapy are today widley used in the medical industry around the world.
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