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Franz Mesmer

1734 - 1815

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Franz Anton Mesmer (; German: [ˈmɛsmɐ]; 23 May 1734 – 5 March 1815) was a German physician with an interest in astronomy. He theorised the existence of a natural energy transference occurring between all animated and inanimate objects; this he called "animal magnetism", sometimes later referred to as mesmerism. Mesmer's theory attracted a wide following between about 1780 and 1850, and continued to have some influence until the end of the 19th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Mesmer has received more than 791,000 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Franz Mesmer is the 45th most popular physician (down from 25th in 2019), the 341st most popular biography from Germany (down from 247th in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Physician.

Franz Mesmer is most famous for his theory of animal magnetism. He believed that there was a magnetic fluid in the body that could be manipulated by the hands to cure illness.

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Among physicians, Franz Mesmer ranks 45 out of 502Before him are Ambroise Paré, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Marcello Malpighi, Emil Kraepelin, Otto Heinrich Warburg, and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. After him are Allvar Gullstrand, Christiaan Barnard, Francesco Redi, Karl Brandt, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Hilary of Poitiers.

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Among people born in 1734, Franz Mesmer ranks 1After him are Maria I of Portugal, Grigory Orlov, Cardinal de Rohan, Taksin, François-Joseph Gossec, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Anna Göldi, Sophie of France, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, Joseph Wright of Derby, and Shahrokh Shah. Among people deceased in 1815, Franz Mesmer ranks 5Before him are Joachim Murat, Michel Ney, Sarah Baartman, and Robert Fulton. After him are Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Emma, Lady Hamilton, Jan Potocki, Carsten Niebuhr, Guillaume Brune, José María Morelos, and 9th Dalai Lama.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Mesmer ranks 341 out of 6,142Before him are Heinrich Schütz (1585), Friedrich Fromm (1888), Frederick I of Sweden (1676), Christian III of Denmark (1503), Carl Bosch (1874), and Ludolph van Ceulen (1540). After him are Fritz Sauckel (1894), Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486), Katharina von Bora (1498), Theodor Schwann (1810), Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1776), and Isabeau of Bavaria (1370).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Franz Mesmer ranks 8Before him are Josef Mengele (1911), Alois Alzheimer (1864), Georgius Agricola (1494), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Emil Kraepelin (1856), and Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883). After him are Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Theodor Morell (1886), Werner Forssmann (1904), Otto Loewi (1873), and Johann Joachim Becher (1635).