Swedenborg, Mesmer, and the Mind/Body Connection (CB) the Roots of Complementary Medicine: The Roots of Complementary Medicine (Swedenborg Studies) (Hardcover)

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Complementary and alternative healing encompass a wide range of practices that share a common ground: the belief that our physical well-being is inextricably linked to an unseen world beyond our physical senses. Our view of that world can be traced to two key thinkers: Emanuel Swedenborg and Franz Anton Mesmer. Who were these men, and what shaped their thought? How did their ideas capture the public imagination? How did they speak to movements as diverse as utopianism, Spiritualism, psychic healing, and homeopathy? Historian John S. Haller traces the threads of Swedenborg's and Mesmer's influence through the history of nineteenth-century medicine, illuminating the lasting impact these men have had on concepts of alternative healing.

About the Author

John S. Haller Jr., emeritus professor of history and medical humanities at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has written a dozen books on subjects including race, sexuality, and the history of medicine. He is former editor of "Caduceus: A Humanities Journal for Medicine and the Health Sciences" and, until his retirement at the end of 2008, served for eighteen years as vice president for academic affairs for the Southern Illinois University system.

Praise For…

Subject specialist Haller (emeritus, history & medical humanities, Southern Illinois Univ.-Carbondale) has published prolifically on medical history (e.g., The History of American Homeopathy). Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and Franz Mesmer (1734–1815) both “sought to restore harmony to the body’s systems using unseen forces as the causal agent.” Swedenborg’s scientific and philosophical writings led to the founding of the Church of the New Jerusalem, and Mesmer conceived the idea of animal magnetism, believing that he possessed such powers. Haller presents not a dual biography, despite its title, but a discussion of their places in the thinking of Mary Baker Eddy, Samuel Hahnemann, and other, lesser-known individuals whose influence is still found today, especially in self-help and “mind-cure” movements. The book includes 18 images, extensive chapter references consisting mostly of primary and secondary sources, and a lengthy bibliography.


VERDICT: A serious and scholarly but accessible work for readers familiar with the field. Large academic libraries and research libraries will probably want to purchase. (Index not seen.)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780877853312
ISBN-10: 0877853312
Publisher: Swedenborg Foundation
Publication Date: September 1st, 2010
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: Swedenborg Studies

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