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hysterical women, their husbands would certainly not be indifferent during treatment; however, an opportunity was offered for such an experience. A young black slave, who, due to paralysis, had suddenly lost the use of his right arm, was brought to us by his master to consult us about the disease. After careful investigation of the circumstances, we found the application of magnetism to the diseased arm to be good. One of us had him put his arm on the table, and just magnetized a few minutes, the patient caught the attention of everyone present by the free movement of his muscles. The doctor, excited about the result, redoubled his efforts; when, after some time, he commanded the black man, “Rise and extend your arm!" The boy, still hesitant, raised his arm, but when he made all the movements freely, the scene it was worthy of a master's brush. The very expressive picture was the astonishment and fear of the spectators at this sorcery, the respectful triumph of the master of the house, the joy of the slave, and the gratitude of his master. We were yet to ascertain the duration of healing of the magnetized black. Marvelous even to us, however, was the rapidity of the effect produced in a single session.

Cure by magnetism in 19th C

This experience seemed to us to confirm the opinion, which the physiologist is led to believe, for many other reasons, that the European is superior to men of color by the intensity of the nervous fluid, which dominates the other races somatically and psychically. It has been observed by many judicious authors that some races, although equally organized, are nevertheless qualified as more or less perfect in different ways, and that the European balances his inferior faculties with intellectual and physical superiority. If, for example, the Caucasian man is inferior to the black in mobility and proliferation, the American Indian in robust and vigorous constitution, in muscular strength, endurance and longevity, the latter, like the Mongolian, in sharpness of the senses, nevertheless the Caucasan surpasses all in physical beauty, in his symmetrical precision of proportions and attitude, and in the development of morality, the free independent spirit capable of generalizing.

The beautiful harmony of all the different forces, produced by the Caucasian’s mastery of the noblest faculties in man, determines his dignity better than the predominant, and perhaps also excessive, formation of the lower organs. The result of this well-constituted and perfect unity of human forces is that one can consider true humanity inseparable from the idea of freedom. Freedom, founded on living moral conscience and developed by

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