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Science  22 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5401, pp. 493
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5401.493

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Mesmerized Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain. Alison Winter. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1998. 478 pp. $30.00, £23.95. ISBN 0-226-90219-6.

The development of scientific and medical authority and the understanding of mental functioning are among the many issues of the history of science and social history that Winter explores while discussing the rise and fall of mesmerism in England.