Surprisingly enough, a defense of the man and his work, --this history of the late 18th century healer who stumbled, more or less accidentally on the power of magnetic force. She claims for him the position of founder of mental therapy, and attributes to his influence subsequent developments in Christian Science, Coueism, Freudianism and so on. A succes fou in Vienna, he acquired bitter enemies, who forced him to go to Paris, where he again know fame and hate and the ultimate rejection by the Academy. There is little of the man himself; the emphasis is on his theories, cures, trials and errors. For lay readers, the Haggard audience, those interested in mental therapy, etc.