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The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations$
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Stephen E. Braude

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226071527

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226071534.001.0001

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Historical Interlude

Historical Interlude

(p.25) 2 Historical Interlude
The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the history of physical mediumship connected with the heyday of the Spiritualist movement roughly around 1850 to 1930. It analyzes the careers of D. D. Home and Eusapia Palladino, explaining why their best-documented phenomena cannot be dismissed as fraudulent and why effects of the magnitude found in these cases seem no longer to occur. The phenomena recorded provide a yardstick by which to measure the significance of contemporary cases.

Keywords:   physical mediumship, Spiritualist movement, D. D. Home, Eusapia Palladino, best-documented phenomena

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