Lifetime: 1829 - 1914 Passed: ≈ 110 years ago


Writer, Physician



Silas Weir Mitchell

Silas Weir Mitchell was a physician, writer, and scientist who lived from 1829 to 1914. He was born in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Mitchell is best known for his contributions to the fields of neurology and psychology, and for his pioneering work in the treatment of nervous disorders.

Mitchell was a prolific writer, and his most notable works include "Injuries of Nerves and Their Consequences" (1872) and "Fat and Blood" (1877). These books helped to establish his reputation as a leading authority on the treatment of nervous disorders, and they remain highly regarded today.

In "Injuries of Nerves and Their Consequences", Mitchell explored the relationship between nerve injuries and the development of chronic pain and other symptoms. He was one of the first physicians to advocate for the use of rest and immobilization as a means of treating nerve injuries, a treatment that is still widely used today.

Mitchell's philosophy was rooted in the belief that the human body was a complex and interconnected system, and that the nervous system played a central role in the overall health and well-being of an individual. He was also a proponent of the idea that the mind and body were interconnected, and that mental and emotional factors could have a significant impact on physical health.

Mitchell died in 1914, but he is remembered today as one of the pioneers of modern neurology and psychology. He was a gifted physician and writer, and his contributions to the field of medicine have had a lasting impact.

A fun fact about Silas Weir Mitchell is that he was also a successful fiction writer. He wrote several mystery and horror stories, including "The Case of George Dedlow" and "The Barrier". These stories, which were popular in their time, showcase his talent for storytelling and his ability to captivate his readers.


Books by Silas Weir Mitchell

The Youth of Washington: Told in the Form of an Autobiography Cover image

The Youth of Washington: Told in the Form of an Autobiography

Novel Biography
Family Young Autobiography Reflection Explore Narrative Life America Experiences United States

It details the life of George Washington as a young man, from his childhood to his military career. Written by Silas Weir Mitchell, a noted American physician and writer, the book was first published in 1896. The novel is written in the form of an a...

Little Stories Cover image

Little Stories

Physician and author S. Weir Mitchell brings us a short collection of stories of the human condition. Through diverse settings as the mystical Arabian desert to a lonely park bench, from a jocular sea port to a dusty library packed with archaic tomes...