The neurologic content of S. Weir Mitchell's fiction

  title={The neurologic content of S. Weir Mitchell's fiction},
  author={Elan D. Louis and Stacy S. Horn and Lisa Anne Roth},
  pages={403 - 407}
Background: Silas Weir Mitchell (1829 to 1914), one of the most important neurologists in American Medicine, was known for his seminal work on the phantom limb syndrome, causalgia, and nerve injuries. He was also a prolific writer of novels and short stories. The neurologic content of this fiction has not been studied. Objective: To assess the extent that references to neurologic topics were present in Mitchell's fiction, whether these neurologic references reflected Mitchell's scientific… Expand
Silas Weir Mitchell's essential tremor
  • E. Louis
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society
  • 2007
It is concluded that Silas Weir Mitchell had a familial action tremor that began when he was in his early 40's and worsened considerably with age and the likely diagnosis was essential tremor. Expand
Mitchell, Silas Weir
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“The Conviction of its Existence”: Silas Weir Mitchell, Phantom Limbs and Phantom Bodies in Neurology and Spiritualism
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Silas Weir Mitchell on Epilepsy Therapy in the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries
  • D. Burkholder, C. Boes
  • Medicine
  • Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
  • 2014
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The representation of movement disorders in fictional literature
  • H. Voss
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
  • 2012
This review considers novels, plays and poems dealing with movement disorders in order to show the relevance in the literary context and compares motifs according to Parkinson syndromes, dystonia, myoclonus, tics, hemifacial spasm, Tourette syndrome, Huntington's disease and hyperekplexia. Expand
Asylum Reform and the Great Comeuppance of 1894-or Was It?
  • K. Weiss
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • The Journal of nervous and mental disease
  • 2011
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  • D. Lanska
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Journal of the history of the neurosciences
  • 2002
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S. Weir Mitchell
It is a little presumptuous on my part to record what has been better and more learnedly told by others, the life and the contributions of S. Weir Mitchell, but I am grateful for this opportunity to retell the story of one of the authors' noted forebears in neurology and to draw some inspiration and a few parallels from the creative life of a doctor, a scientist, a poet and novelist, and, what appeals to me most strongly, a humanist. Expand
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S. Weir Mitchell and Oliver Wendell Holmes. A friendship and poetic tribute.
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“True clinical fictions”: Medical and literary narratives from the Civil War hospital
  • L. Herschbach
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Culture, medicine and psychiatry
  • 1995
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