William Baker Fahnestock

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William Baker Fahnestock
Born 13 October 1804(1804-10-13)[1]
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Died 29 April 1886 (81)[1]
Walhalla, Oconee Co., South Carolina
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (1825)

William Baker Fahnestock (October 13, 1804 - April 29, 1886) was an American physician who pursued studies in phrenology and mesmerism, coming to develop a working practice of what he called statuvolism (from the Latin: status, "state or condition" + volo, "the will", to mean "a state produced by an act of the will"), essentially the use of hypnosis in medical treatment.

Selected Bibliography

  • Fahnestock, Wm. Baker (1869), Artificial Somnambulism, Hitherto Called Mesmerism, or Animal Magnetism, Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., 
  • Fahnestock, Wm. Baker (1871), Statuvolism, or, Artificial Somnambulism, Hitherto Called Mesmerism or Animal Magnetism: Containing a Brief Historical Survey of Mesmer's Operations and the Examination of the Same by the French Commissioners: Phreno-Somnambulism, or, the Exposition of Phreno-Magnetism and Neurology: a New View and Division of the Phrenological Organs into Functions, with Descriptions of Their Nature and Qualities, etc., in the Senses and Faculties, and a Full and Accurate Description of the Various Phenomena Belonging to This State: Including its Division into Two Distinct Conditions, Viz., the Waking and Sleeping, with Practical Instructions How to Enter and Awake from Either: the Identity of These Conditions with Other States and Mysteries, Together with an Account of Several Obstetrical Cases Delivered While in This State: the Proper Method of Preparing Subjects for Surgical Operations, Their Management During and After the Same, and the Latest and Best Method of Curing Diseases, etc., in Those Persons Who Are in That Condition, Chicago: Religio-Philosophical Publishing House, S.S. Jones, Proprietor 
  • Fahnestock, Wm. Baker (1877), Worlds Within Worlds, or, New and Wonderful Discoveries in Astronomy: The Sun and Stars, Proved to Be Refiners of Light and Inhabited, Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., Publishers 


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pitman, H. Minot (1945), "Dr. William Baker Fahnestock", The Fahnestock Genealogy : Ancestors and Descendants of Johann Diedrich Fahnestock, Concord, N.H.: Priv. Print. [Rumford Press], p. 87-89,