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 712,286 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. Franz Mesmer is the 25th most popular physician (up from 32nd in 2019), the 247th most popular biography from Germany (up from 274th in 2019) and the 4th 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 25 out of 509Before him are Pedanius Dioscorides, Li Ching-Yuen, Jean-Martin Charcot, Michael Servetus, Rudolf Virchow, and Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. After him are Georgius Agricola, Polycarp, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Claude Bernard, Camillo Golgi, and Al-Zahrawi.

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Among people born in 1734, Franz Mesmer ranks 1After him are Maria I of Portugal, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Taksin, François-Joseph Gossec, Grigory Orlov, Joseph Wright of Derby, Sophie of France, Cardinal de Rohan, Anna Göldi, Nicolas-Edme Rétif, and Charles Alexandre de Calonne. Among people deceased in 1815, Franz Mesmer ranks 4Before him are Joachim Murat, Michel Ney, and Robert Fulton. After him are Sarah Baartman, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Emma, Lady Hamilton, Guillaume Brune, Jan Potocki, Carsten Niebuhr, 9th Dalai Lama, and Smithson Tennant.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Mesmer ranks 247 out of 5,289Before him are Eduard Buchner (1860), Jupp Heynckes (1945), John of Austria (1547), Max von Laue (1879), Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887), and Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden (1710). After him are Ernst Jünger (1895), Julius Streicher (1885), Wim Wenders (1945), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Hermann Hoth (1885), and Pope Clement II (1005).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Franz Mesmer ranks 4Before him are Josef Mengele (1911), Robert Koch (1843), and Alois Alzheimer (1864). After him are Georgius Agricola (1494), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840), Theodor Morell (1886), and Franz Joseph Gall (1758).