This month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names. Franz Mesmer will mesmerize you. 🙂 Enjoy.
Franz Anton Mesmer born May 23, 1734 in the village of Iznang, now part of Moos, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The father of hypnosis, Mesmer led a life plagued by intrigue and scandal.
He attended the University of Vienna in 1759. In 1766 he published his doctoral dissertation called “On the Influence of the Planets on the Human Body”.
By 1768 he married Anna Maria von Posch, a wealthy widow not a Spice Girl, and secured his place as a physician in Vienna.
Later that year court intrigue thwarted a performance of La Finta Semplice, which then 12-year-old Mozart wrote 500 pages, Mesmer purportedly hosted Mozart’s performance in his garden of an earlier work, Bastien und Bastienne to make up for it. Mozart later immortalized his former patron in a comedic reference in his opera Cosi fan tutte.
Mesmer founded a school in Vienna where he practiced his healing through…
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