Billot, G. P. (ca. 1840)

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Billot, G. P. (ca. 1840)

French physician who practiced during the age of animal magnetism and was acquainted with most of the phenomena of Spiritualism. His Recherches psychologiques sur la cause des phénomènes extraordinaires observés chez les modernes voyans, improprement dits somnambules magnétiques, ou correspondance sur le Magnétisme vital, entre un solitaire et M. Deleuze (2 vols.) was published in Paris in 1839. It contains an interesting exchange of letters and discussions on the subject of mesmerism with J. P. F. Deleuze. Whereas Deleuze admitted many supernormal phenomena but remained very cautious as to their public avowal, Billot openly affirmed his belief in the existence of spirits and in communication with the departed.