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Mesmerising Science: The Franklin Commission and the Modern Clinical Trial

Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 16:39

Benjamin Franklin, magnetic trees, and erotically-charged séances — Urte Laukaityte on how a craze for sessions of "animal magnetism" in late 18th-century Paris led to the randomised placebo-controlled and double-blind clinical trials we know and love today.