Mediumistic Phenomena: Observed in a Series of Sessions with Eusapia Palladino
Filippo Bottazzi, translated by Antonio Giuditta and Irmeli Routti
As fascinating as a theatrical piece, this true life narrative has a riveting plot: scientists at the Institute of Physiology of the University of Naples, attempt to penetrate the troubling mysteries of the occult and come to grips with the phenomena of mediumship, its dynamics and possibilities. Eight séances with the famous medium, Eusapia Palladino, are literally – sometimes humorously – described by the group’s director, the distinguished Italian physiologist, Professor Filippo Bottazzi, one of the most authoritative researchers in Italy at the time.
And it is Bottazzi himself who, on the basis of the evidence obtained, proposes an explanation of the observed events based on his knowledge of physiology. All of this occurred more than a century ago, but the story remains fascinating – and relevant – to our own time.
Originally published in 1909 in Italian, this book has now been translated into English for the first time by Prof. Antonio Giuditta and Ms. Irmeli Routii.