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 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… 

Silas Weir Mitchell's essential tremor

  • E. Louis
  • 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.

[Neurological diseases in the Dalton Trevisan's short stories].

The fictional World of the famous Brazilian writer Dalton Trevisan is punctuated by everyday routine facts, which are however flavored with the tragic-grotesque touch so peculiar to the author.

“A Great Reinforcing Organ”: the Cerebellum According to Silas Weir Mitchell

This Cerebellar Classic highlights a work by the physician and novelist, Silas Weir Mitchell (1829–1914), a pupil of Claude Bernard and a founding father of American neurology. Published in the

Silas Weir Mitchell on Epilepsy Therapy in the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries

  • D. BurkholderC. Boes
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
  • 2014
His most widely accepted contribution to the field was the introduction of inhaled amyl nitrite for early termination of seizures accompanied by an appropriate aura, despite the prevalent views on lifestyle modification as a treatment for epilepsy during this time period.

The representation of movement disorders in fictional literature

  • H. Voss
  • 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.

Silas Weir Mitchell on the Cerebellum: Rich Neurophysiological Concepts and a Modern Perspective

Although several of the specific models proposed by Silas Weir Mitchell are no longer considered valid, a number of concepts, or collateral aspects of these concepts, are still considered of value today.

Asylum Reform and the Great Comeuppance of 1894-or Was It?

  • K. Weiss
  • Psychology
    The Journal of nervous and mental disease
  • 2011
Although S. Weir Mitchell is often credited with delivering psychiatry a wake-up call, it is equally feasible that he was merely channeling the organic reforms from within the profession.

“The Conviction of its Existence”: Silas Weir Mitchell, Phantom Limbs and Phantom Bodies in Neurology and Spiritualism

In 1866, the American neurologist Silas Weir Mitchell anonymously (and, in his account, unwittingly) published a fictional account entitled ‘The Case of George Dedlow’ in the Atlantic Monthly, which saved phantom limb phenomena from centuries of medical eclipse.



Classic Articles of 19th-Century American Neurologists: A Critical Review

  • D. Lanska
  • Medicine
    Journal of the history of the neurosciences
  • 2002
The purpose of this article is to critically review citation classics of 19th-century members of the American Neurological Association (ANA), and to elaborate what these works contributed and why

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.

Jean‐Martin Charcot and Silas Weir Mitchell

In the development of clinical neurology as a new scientific field, Charcot and Mitchell were both strong empiricists who distrusted theory but believed that clinical medicine, and specifically neurology, required continued infusion of new data from the laboratory sciences.

S. Weir Mitchell and Oliver Wendell Holmes. A friendship and poetic tribute.

S. WEIR MITCHELL and Oliver Wendell Holmes are distinguished for achievement in both medicine and literature. Mitchell is renowned for his clinical neurological investigations and work as a


Silas Weir Mitchell, the author of the first paper chosen for this series, was born in Philadelphia in 1829 and was the first to describe causalgia, erythromelalgia, and postparaplegic chorea and wrote some 170 medical monographs on subjects ranging from arrow poisons to neurasthenia.

Gunshot Wounds, and Other Injuries of Nerves

Silas Weir Mitchell (1829–1914) lived a long and productive life in Philadelphia, making his mark as a scientist, physician, and writer. A product of a medical family, seven physicians in three

“True clinical fictions”: Medical and literary narratives from the Civil War hospital

It is illustrated that S. Weir Mitchell's case histories and stories were at once complementary and antagonistic in their use of medical knowledge and narrative technique as a means of achieving truth-value.

Injuries to Nerves and Their Consequences

It is found that in a considerable proportion of gunshot wounds of nerves there is principally burning pain, or at least that this is the prominent symptom, while in slight injuries of nerves from compression or contusions, the other forms of pain are more apt to prevail.

The complete poems

Member of Parliament, tutor to Oliver Cromwell's ward, satirist and friend of John Milton, Andrew Marvell was one of the most interesting and important poets of the seventeenth century. The Complete

Headaches from Eye Strain

There are many headaches which are due directly to disorders of the refractive or accommodative apparatus of the eyes, and the brain symptom is often the most prominent and sometimes the sole prominent symptom of the eye troubles.