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Biomagnetism is the capability of a living organism to produce magnetic fields. It should not be confused with magnetoception, which refers to the ability of an organism to detect and use magnetism in navigation. In the 18th century, Franz Mesmer, a German doctor, conceptualized it, believing that all living things produced an invisible natural force (Lebensmagnetismus). However, this has not been recognized widely in the scientific community. Synonym: animal magnetism, mesmerism.


  1. Wolfart, K.C. &Mesmer, F.A. (1811). Mesmerismus: Oder, System der Wechselwirkungen, Theorie und Anwendung des thierischen Magnetismus als die allgemeine Heilkunde zur Erhaltung des Menschen.

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