The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Commission in Lunacy by Honore de Balzac:|
it is impossible but that this cause should be criminal, malignant,
and wrongful, or else of a nature to come under medical jurisdiction;
unless this influence is of the kind which constitutes an abuse of
moral power--such as can only be described by the word POSSESSION----'
The devil!" exclaimed Popinot. "What do you say to that, doctor. These
are strange statements."
"They might certainly," said Bianchon, "be an effect of magnetic
"Then do you believe in Mesmer's nonsense, and his tub, and seeing
"Yes, uncle," said the doctor gravely. "As I heard you read that