Mitchell, Silas Weir

Prominent Philadelphia neurologist & notable historical novelist

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(1829-1914) Philadelphia physician and writer, studied at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, received M.D. 1850. During Civil War had charge of nervous injuries and maladies at Turners Lane Hospital, Philadelphia, and at close of the War became specialist in neurology. Mitchell's name became prominently associated with his introduction of the rest cure for nervous diseases, particularly hysteria; treatment consisting primarily of isolation, confinement to bed, dieting and massage. His medical texts include “Injuries of Nerves and Their Consequences” (1872) and “Fat and Blood “(1877). Mitchell's Disease (erythromelalgia) named for him. In 1863 he wrote a short story combining physiological and psychological problems, “The Case of George Dedlow”, for “Atlantic Monthly Magazine”. As a writer he divided his attention between professional and literary pursuits. In the former field he produced monographs on rattlesnake poison, intellectual hygiene, injuries to the nerves, neurasthenia, nervous diseases of women, effects of gunshot wounds upon the nervous system, and relations between nurse, physician, and patient; in the latter, he wrote juvenile stories, verse, and historical fiction which gave him a leading place among American authors at the end of the 19th century. His historical novels inc. “Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker” (1897), “The Adventures of François” (1898), and “The Red City” (1909). ANS on 3 ½ x 4 ½ card with his printed Philadelphia address: “you are welcome to my autograph“, adds "Aug 21" (no year)under his signature.

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