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Doctor John Elliotson is utterly captivated by a demonstration of Animal Magnetism by a visiting French nobleman, the Baron du Potet, and the Englishman demands to learn the art from the foreigner. Though physically small, Elliotson is a man of considerable professional and social stature. A popular lecturer and professor of medicine and physiology, he is the founder and head of the University College Hospital with several important medical discoveries to his name. He is a good friend of Thomas Wakley, editor of the medical journal The Lancet, which often helps him in championing his medical reform causes.

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Partly responsible for getting the French scientific and medical communities to re-open their investigations of mesmerism, he has watched those communities reject evidence of magnetism's ability to produce anesthesia suitable for surgery. Ultimately, as in Mesmer's day, the source of controversy is not the efficacy of mesmerism, but the questionable theory that underpins it. The landless baron has sought out a more receptive audience in England, and he finds it in Doctor Elliotson. Elliotson accepts the magnetic premise whole-cloth, and within a year, he is demonstrating magnetism to standing-room-only audiences at the University College of London theater.

The stars of those demonstrations are Elliotson's most receptive somnambulists, two Irish peasant sisters named O'Key. During the mesmeric trance, both sisters enchant the crowd by displaying personalities distinctly different from their own; the usually subdued servants disregard social convention, flirting, singing, and generally entertaining the audience. Nonetheless, Elliotson continues to associate with the O'Keys, even taking them on hospital rounds so that they could diagnose patients and recommend treatments while in trance. These antics do not sit well with the rest of the faculty.

Up to that point, surgeon Robert Liston had been the star of the University theater, where his formal and dignified public dissections had been the order of the day. Likewise, Wakley, after performing his own private experiments with the O'Key sisters not unlike the trials of the Bailly Commission, arrives at the same conclusions: there is no magnetic fluid, and cures are caused by suggestion. Very quickly, The Lancet and the faculty turn against Elliotson, and by the end of , he resigns from his post in public disgrace. Nonetheless, Elliotson carries on his investigations and practice from his home, and mesmerism spreads throughout Britain as a popular pursuit.

Famous writers such as a Charles Dickens practice it; Harriet Martineau writes about her experience as a mesmeric patient. Having been rejected by the mainstream medical community, Animal Magnetism is taken up as a parlor game in many households. In the same year that Elliotson is demonstrating what he learned from Du Potet, a New England clockmaker goes to see a demonstration given by the visiting French mesmerist, Charles Poyen Saint-Sauveur.

The clockmaker, having already observed that he could heal his own body better than the medicines of the day, becomes the mesmerist's apprentice for two years before setting out on his own circuit. In time, he will become famous as Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, founder of the New Thought movement, which teaches that the mind has the power to heal the body. One of Quimby's patients is a young woman who takes his ideas, frames them in religious context, and becomes known as Mary Baker Eddy , founder of Christian Science, which teaches that the mind through the power of God has the power to heal the body.

Ironically, the Christian Scientists warn readers about the supposed "evils" of hypnosis. Four years after Elliotson's controversial demonstrations, an amateur mesmerist named Ward induces anesthesia in a patient while surgeon Topham amputates a leg in the first public demonstration of magnetic anesthesia for surgery in Britain. The Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society explodes in scandal and controversy: some doctors cry fakery, while others insist the patient was just exceedingly brave.

The president of the society has the report struck from the record, claiming that pain is a "wise provision of nature" and that patients are better for their suffering. The reaction so disgusts Elliotson, who was by the way the founder of the society, that he starts a new journal, The Zoist, to publish that report and others. As would later be reported in The Zoist, Scottish Doctor James Esdaile has the task of draining fluid from the enlarged scrotum of an imprisoned convict named Madhab Kaura. Observing how much pain the procedure causes, Doctor Esdaile decides to attempt mesmeric anesthesia , even though he has no training in it and has never seen it done.

Drawing only on knowledge gained from a book, Esdaile begins making mesmeric passes over his patient; some hours later, the patient achieves a trance state, and the doctor is able to drain the fluid painlessly. Over the next several years, Esdaile performs thousands of painless surgeries using mesmerism as the only anesthetic. The deep level of trance he achieves later comes to be called " the Esdaile State " by twentieth-century hypnotists.

In , the surgeon publishes his findings, but once again, the medical community rejects mesmeric anesthesia as quackery. In the same year that James Esdaile publishes his account of thousands of successful major surgeries using mesmerism, two American doctors make history by performing a single minor operation on a patient while using ether for anesthesia.

A few months later, Robert Liston will perform the first major surgery using ether. The location he chooses is the University College of London theater -- the same place where Elliotson had demonstrated Animal Magnetism. The surgery he performs is a leg amputation -- the same procedure with which Topham and Ward had shown the effectiveness of mesmeric anesthesia.

Upon completing the surgery, during which the patient moved about and moaned only a little bit, Liston turns to his audience and crows triumphantly, "This Yankee dodge beats mesmerism hollow! Thus, the advent of chemical anesthesia, which has the advantage of being easily controlled by the doctor and only the slight disadvantage of occasionally killing a patient, spells the end of mesmeric anesthesia for surgery, and with it, the end of mesmerism's chance of becoming part of mainstream medicine.

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