Hypnotism: Magnetism, Mesmerism, Suggestive Therapeutics: Now Available!

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This work is one of the better things that LW DeLaurence wrote. Containing fewer self-advertizements and a lot more how-to content, it dispels some myths about mesmerism and hypnotism, and proposes about a dozen methods by which various suggestive states can be induced- including the famous trick of hypnotizing a chicken using a chalk line or a finger (it apparently does indeed work.)

While some of the methods are now known not to function (at the time this was written- and it alludes to it explicitly!- the French were experimenting with spinning wheels and lights to induce anesthesia- one of the earliest- maybe THE earliest literary reference to this trope!) others are accepted even today. Some of its content would later be adapted into the 20s and 30s era “how to hypnotize your friends” style pulp works.

112 pages.

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The Astrological Physician: Now Available!

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This manuscript is honestly one of the most bizarre things I have ever come across and edited within the occult. A fusion of astrology and medicine, it proposes to diagnose and help treat ailments (often outdated ones with new names) by observing the planets so forth in their movements at the time of complaint and diagnosis. It also says it can determine whether a disease is being caused by witches or demons.

Equally at home as a quack/ folk medicine work and as one purely astrological, it’s a strange but interesting fusion.

44 pages.

Herbal, Homeopathic, and Folk Medicine Books for Sale

The following is a continuously edited list of texts related to herbal medicine, homeopathy, and quack doctoring, which I have edited and released. This list will be updated over time as new titles become available.

PRIMITIVE PHYSIC
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An extensive mid 18th century text of folk and herbal medicine.

MAGIC PLANTS
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A short tract detailing the philosophy of natural magic and herbalism.

THE WITCHES’ PHARMACOPOEIA
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A very good work on herbal and similar imagery in witch lore.

GUNPOWDER AS A WAR REMEDY
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A WWI homeopathic work of note suggesting the use of small doses of tincture of black powder.

CANADIAN HERBAL
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A combination receipt book for disease and herbal guide.

THE USEFUL FAMILY HERBAL
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A short herbal with a large number of (often odd) recipes.

COUNTERBLAST TO TOBACCO
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A very short tract on the spiritual and physical evils of tobacco, by King James the first.

WEEDS USED AS MEDICINE
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A government bulletin listing several dozen common and noxious medicinal species.

VALUABLE HERBAL PRESCRIPTIONS
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A homeopathic work listing some late 19th century remedies and various species used therein.

ASTROLOGICAL PHYSICIAN
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A work that proclaims the ability to treat and diagnose ailments using astrology.

THE TREE OF LIFE
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Carey’s work likening the spiritual and biochemical and proposing his prophetic vision of quasi-eugenic utopia.

HYPNOTISM
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DeLaurences’ work on mesmerism and hypnotism along with its applications in medicine. Pure Victorianism!