W. C. Engledue, Cerebral Physiology and Materialism: With the Result of the Application of Animal Magnetism to the Cerebral Organs. An Address, Delivered to the Phrenological Association in London June 20, 1842. With a Letter from Dr Elliotson, on Mesmeric Phrenology and Materialism ( London: H. Ballière, 1843), 33-5.
The extract is from the appended letter from the eminent physician, John Elliotson, whose mesmeric work with the O'Key sisters at University College, London, had led to his enforced resignation. Elliotson was an early enthusiastic supporter of phrenology, and in this letter describes how his mesmeric experiments have vindicated his belief in phrenology.
My dear Doctor, [...] I have had for some months under my care, for dreadful fits of many years' standing, which are yielding satisfactorily to mesmerism, two charming youthful patients, of excellent cerebral development and carefully brought up, of high intelligence, and of high moral character,--beautifully illustrating the power of good training upon a well-developed brain. No poet or moralist could desire finer specimens of all that is delightful in the youthful mind. They have not known each other. They both exhibit exquisite mesmeric phenomena. Are thrown into a profound coma, which no impression on the senses will dispel, and which soon becomes sleep-waking; their limbs may then be stiffened at pleasure and endowed with enormous force, which, although not yielding to mechanical violence, gives way to contact, or to the breath, or to movements of the operator's hand, without contact, in the direction opposite to that of the limbs' position; the various muscles of the face may be made to twitch as if with electricity, and the eyes be opened or the body be drawn by movements of the fingers and hands held at a short distance; the position of each finger of the operator's hand will be minutely imitated, though the eyes be closed, and the experiment be
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