From a Western point of view, the decisive moment in the history of hypnosis occurred in the 18th Century (coinciding with the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason).The work of Franz Mesmer, amongst others, can be seen as both the last flourish of “occult” hypnosis and the first flourish of the “scientific” viewpoint.
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Thanks to their persistence and efforts, by the end of the century hypnosis was accepted as a valid clinical technique, studied and applied in the great universities and hospitals of the day.
This trend continued into the 20th Century, although in some ways, hypnosis became imprisoned by its own respectability, as it became mired in endless academic debate about “state” or “non-state”.
Pico Trace is a spin-off company, founded by members of the Faculty of Geosciences of the University of Göttingen, Germany. Correns caused the University to found the first Institute of Geochemistry in Germany in 1962. So it is our ambition, not only to facilitate our own experiences, but also to learn from our colleagues and walk on the same road with them. In our labs they are used continuously by students and experts.
Our University has a well known tradition in geochemistry, established by Viktor Moritz Goldschmidt. The systems, produced by Pico Trace have been developed for our own scientific work. Limits and weakness, but also the quality of the systems is proofed every day.
The popular image of the hypnotist as a charismatic and mystical figure can be firmly dated to this time.