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Radiance from HalcyonA Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science$
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Paul Eli Ivey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680504

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680504.001.0001

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Forces of Nature and the Electric Panacea

Forces of Nature and the Electric Panacea

Healing at the Halcyon Sanatorium

(p.161) 8 Forces of Nature and the Electric Panacea
Radiance from Halcyon

Paul Eli Ivey

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Eight explores the group’s most successful venture, the Halcyon Hotel and Sanatorium, opened with great publicity and the demonstration of the first X-ray machine in the vicinity in 1904. The chapter explores the variety of new healing methods employed at the sanatorium, and allied ventures such as the “Open Gate,” a tent-village for the treatment of tuberculosis. The use of electricity began with the Dower’s commitment to the Electronic Reactions of Abrams. The discussion is set in the context of the rise of biomedicine and medical law in California, at a time of the increasingly powerful American Medical Association’s crusade against quackery.

Keywords:   Theosophical Society in America, Spiritualism, Temple of the People, Socialism, Occult science, American Esotericism, Health mysticism, Cooperative Commonwealth, Electropathy, Alternative medicine

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