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S. Weir Mitchell, 1829-1914: Philadelphia's Literary Physician

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This modern biography provides a comprehensive and balanced view of a legendary figure in American medicine. Controversial because of his fierce fight against women’s rights, S. Weir Mitchell achieved stunning success through his experimentation with venomous snakes, treatment of Civil War soldiers with phantom limbs and burning pain, and creation of the rest cure to treat hysteria and neurasthenia. Mitchell’s life was extraordinary—interesting in its own right and as a case study in the larger inquiry into ...

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Overview

This modern biography provides a comprehensive and balanced view of a legendary figure in American medicine. Controversial because of his fierce fight against women’s rights, S. Weir Mitchell achieved stunning success through his experimentation with venomous snakes, treatment of Civil War soldiers with phantom limbs and burning pain, and creation of the rest cure to treat hysteria and neurasthenia. Mitchell’s life was extraordinary—interesting in its own right and as a case study in the larger inquiry into nineteenth-century medicine and culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271054032
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,038,868
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Cervetti is Professor of English at Avila University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

A Note on the Text xiii

Introduction 1

1 Family Matters 6

2 Letters Home 24

3 The Young Physiologist 45

4 War's Awful Harvest 67

5 Wind and Tide 88

6 Pandora's Box 104

7 The Apple or the Rose 136

8 The Literary Physician 156

9 Combat Zones 176

10 Great Doctor, Poet, and Salmon Killer 197

11 Winter's Sorrow 215

12 The New Century 233

Epilogue 252

Notes 257

Bibliography 277

Index 287

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