This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 12th Oct 2017
On 4 January 1838, Charles Dickens made the short walk from his house in Doughty Street to University College Hospital in Gower Street. There he witnessed a spectacle which changed his ideas, his fiction and his life. On ward three, Dickens watched a patient being mesmerised – hypnotised – by John Elliotson, an eminent doctor and professor of medicine. From that moment, Dickens became convinced that mesmerism was a powerful force. He learned the technique himself, practised on his wife and others, wove mesmerism into his fiction, and became firm friends with Elliotson.
Wendy Moore, best-selling author of The Mesmerist, tells the story of Dickens’s lifelong fascination with mesmerism and how mesmerism captivated the Victorian world.
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Reserve tickets at this website2017-10-12 2017-10-12 Europe/London Dickens & Mesmerism: How Dickens became mesmerised by hypnotism Wendy Moore tells the story of Dickens’s lifelong fascination with mesmerism and how mesmerism captivated the Victorian world. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2017/10/12/dickens-mesmerism-how-dickens-became-mesmerised-by-hypnotism-153577 Charles Dickens Museum,48 Doughty Street, London, London,