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The Mesmerist: how Hypnotism came to Victorian London – A Talk by author We...

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Southwark Cathedral

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Best-selling author Wendy Moore will talk about her latest book, The Mesmerist: the society doctor who held Victorian London spellbound, which tells the story of John Elliotson, the highly respected Victorian physician who introduced hypnotism to London in 1837. Elliotson’s demonstrations on patients at University College Hospital drew hundreds of awed spectators and launched a mesmerism mania which swept the country. Yet the questions raised by these spectacles – and especially about the two Okey sisters who were his prime subjects – would ruin his career.

Elliotson was born and grew up in Southwark High Street (where his father had a chemist’s shop), baptised in St Saviour’s Church (now Southwark Cathedral) and trained to become a doctor at Guy’s Hospital nearby.

Wendy will be signing copies of her publication 'The Mesmerist' after the talk.

This is a free event but please do register your interest as these events tend to 'sell' out. If you find you can not attend, we would be grateful if you could cancel your ticket.

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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is no parking in the vicinity of the Cathedral. We are a five minute walk away from London Bridge Station for Underground and Mainline trains. A number of buses also stop nearby either on London Bridge, at the station or at Borough High Street. For more information we recommend using https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Ruth Miller at ruth.miller@southwark.anglican.org

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