Hereditary Traits, and Other Essays
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...walls and apartments, into the kitchen. In our own experiment the intervening distance has been very much less, and only one solid substance intervened, and that not completely; but here we suspect was the difference--the "subject" was unconscious of the magnetism, and expected nothing." In another case Dr. Noble tried the converse experiment with equally convincing results. Being in company one evening with a young lady said to be of high mesmeric susceptibility, he requested and received permission to test this quality in her. In one of the usual ways he "magnetized " her, and having so far satisfied himself, he "demagnetized" her. He next proceeded to "hypnotize" her, adopting Mr. Braid's method of directing the stare at a fixed point. "The result varied in no respect from that which had taken place in the foregoing experiment; the duration of the process was the same, and its intensity of effect neither greater nor less." "Dehypnotization" again restored the young lady to herself. "And now," says Dr. Noble, "we requested our patient to rest quietly at the fire-place, to think of just what she liked, and to look where she pleased, excepting at ourselves, who retreated behind her chair, saying that a new mode was about to be tried, and that her turning round would disturb the process. We very-composedly took up a volume which lay upon a table, and amused ourselves with it for about five minutes, when on raising our eyes, we could see by the excited features of other members of the party that the young lady was once more magnetized. We were informed by those who had attentively watched her during the progress of our little experiment, that all had been in every...
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