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Spencer, Walter 1891 , 'Hypnotosm and allied phenomena' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 61-71 .

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Dr. Spencer deals
with the established facts in regard to Hypnotism, and describes the
sensation which it caused among members of the medical profession when
introduced as a means of painless operations. Although its use in
the alleviation of pain among the medical profession in England gave
place to chloroform and ether it was taken up in France where two
different schools prosecuted its study. He gives illustrations of the
rival methods employed by practitioners of this new power, and
points out the dangers of its practice, which caused the British Medical
Association to pass a special resolution on the subject. He describes
how he had practically studied the subject in London 15 years ago, and
at the end of a series of 12 lessons was able to relieve small pains by its
use. He shows the identity of hypnotism with mesmerism, and gave a
most interesting account of the history of such phenomena illustrated
by numerous examples.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Spencer, Walter
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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