“Christopher Columbus discovered America, and Americus Vespucius reaped the glory and usurped his dues. Theophrastus Paracelsus rediscovered the occult properties of the magnet – “the bone of Horus” which, twelve centuries before his time, had played such an important part in the theurgic mysteries – and he very naturally became the founder of the school of magnetism and of mediaeval magico-theurgy.
But Mesmer, who lived nearly three hundreds years after him, and as a disciple of his school brought the magnetic wonders before the public, reaped the glory that was due to the fire-philosopher, while the great master died in a hospital!
So goes the world: new discoveries, evolving from old sciences; new men – the same old nature!”
H. P. Blavatsky (End Ch. 2)