Friday, July 12, 2013


François Joseph Noizet, ( 1792 – 1885 ),  was a general and a French man of letters, known for his work on animal magnetism . Known to occultists as the most immediate disciple of the Abbé Faria, himself a pupil of Franz Anton Mesmer . He was also a student of Andre-Marie Ampere . He was a close friend to a young hypnotist, Dr. Alexandre Bertrand (1) whose sleepwalking Treaty (1823) is the first systematic scientific study of phenomena magnetic .
Between extreme and mutually exclusive doctrines of his master and his friend, Noizet had the intelligence and courage to chart a middle path of its own.

(1)  Alexandre Jacques François Bertrand ( 1795 – 1831), was a French physician, naturalist, physicist, close to Saint-Simon, writer and science reporter.
Specialist in sleepwalking and animal magnetism , he defends and refutes the theory of "fluid" and became one of the initiators of modern theories of hypnosis .
He also wrote articles and books of extension on the geology , the physical and scientific issues of the day.


Étienne Félix d'Henin de Cuvillers (1755–1841) was a French "magnetist" who was an early practitioner of mesmerism as a scientific discipline.
Hénin de Cuvillers was a follower of Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815). However, unlike Mesmer he did not believe in the existence of a "magnetic fluid" in animal magnetism, and instead emphasized the role of mental processes in mesmerism. In his book Le magnétisme éclairé, he describes accounts of mesmeric effects in terms of belief and suggestibility.
He is credited for popularizing a system of scientific nomenclature by using the prefix "hypn" in words such as hypnotique (hypnotic), hypnotisme (hypnotism) and hypnotiste (hypnotist). He used these terms as early as 1820, and is believed by many to have coined these names. In 1820 he became editor of the Archives du Magnetisme Animal.

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