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American physician and author, born February 15, 1829, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died January 4, 1914, Philadelphia.


  • Researches on the venom of the rattlesnake.
    With Edward Tyson Reichert. Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1860.
  • On the production of cataract in frogs by the administration of sugar.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Philadelphia, 1860, n.s. 39: 106-110.
  • Gunshot Wounds and Other Injuries of Nerves.
    With William Keen Jr. and George Morehouse.
    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott & Co, 1864.
    Reprinted, San Francisco, Norman Publishing, 1989.
    In this classic work the entity causalgia was given its place in medicine.
  • Reflex Paralysis, the result of gunshot wounds, and other injuries of nerves, founded chiefly upon cases observed in the United States General Hospital, Christian Street, Philadelphia.
    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott & Co, 1864.
  • Researches on the physiology of the cerebellum.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Philadelphia, 1869, 57: 320-338.
  • Wear and Tear. Philadelphia, 1871.
  • Injuries of Nerves and their Consequences.
    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1872.
    This classic was still used by the French as late as World War I.
  • Clinical lecture on certain painful affections of the feet.
    Philadelphia Medical Times, 1872, 3: 81-82, 113-115.
  • Post-Paralytic Chorea.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Philadelphia, 1874, 68: 342-352.
  • Headaches, From Heat Stroke, From Fevers, After Meningitis, From Over Use of the Brain, From Eye Strain.
    Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, 1874, 31: 67-71.
  • The Supply of Nerves to the Skin.
    Philadelphia Medical Times, 1874; 4: 401-403.
  • On Rest in the treatment of Nervous Disease: Its Use and Abuse.
    A Series of American Clinical Lectures, E. C. Seguin, ed. I. New York, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1875, pp. 83-102.
    Also in the semipopular book by Mitchell, Fat and Blood; Philadelphia, 1877.
  • Fat and Blood, and how to make them. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, & Co., 1877.
    German translation by Georg Klemperer, 1887.
    Includes full account of Weir Mitchell’s rest cure for nervous disorders.
  • Nurse and Patient. Philadelphia, 1877.
  • The Relation of pain to weather, being a study of the natural history of a case of traumatic neuralgia.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Philadelphia, 1877; 73: 305-329.
  • On a Rare Vaso-motor Neurosis of the Extremities, and on the Maladies with Which It May Be Confounded.
    American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Philadelphia, 1878; 76: 17-36.
  • The Cremaster-Reflex.
    Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Chicago, 1879; 6: 577-586.
  • Lectures on the Diseases of the Nervous System –- Especially in Women. 1881.
  • Researches Upon the Venoms of Poisonous Snakes.
    With Edward Tyson Reichert (1855-).
    Washington, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, 1886; 26: 1-186.
    Mitchell and Reichert showed snake venom to be protein in nature, and demonstrated the presence of toxic albumins.
  • Physiological Studies of the Knee-jerk and of the Reactions of Muscles Under Mechanical and Other Excitants. With Morris James Lewis (1852-)
    Medical News, Philadelphia, 1886, 48: 169-173, 198-203.
    Demonstration that the knee-jerk can be reinforced by sensory stimulation.
  • Doctor and Patient. Philadelphia, 1888.
  • The Early History of Instrumental Precision in Medicine.
    New Haven; Tuttle, Moorehouse & Taylor, 1892.
  • Clinical Lessons of Nervous Diseases. 1897. Novels etc.
  • The Case of George Deadlow. 1866.
  • Hephzibah Guinness.
    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, & Co.,1880.
  • Roland Blake. 1886.
  • Far in the Forest. 1888.
  • A Madeira Party. 1895
  • Memoir of Owen Jones. 1896.
  • Hugh Wynne. 1898.
  • The Adventures of François. 1898.
  • The Autobiography of a Quack. 1900.
  • Circumstance. 1901.
  • Constance Trescott. 1905.
  • The Red City. 1908. Poetry:
  • The Hill of Stones. 1882.
  • The Masque and Other Poems. 1887.
  • The Psalm of Death. 1890.
  • Collected Poems. 1896.
  • The Wager. 1900.
  • Selections from the poems of S. Weir Mitchell. London, Macmillan, 1901.
  • Doctor and Patient. E. P. Consult Oberholtzer: Personal memoiries of Weir Mitchell’. In the Bookman, volume XXXIX, New York, 1914.
  • Memorial Addresses. Philadelphia, 1914.
  • Sir William Osler, in British Medical Journal, 1914, page 119 ().
  • Sir Thomas Lauder Brunton (1844-1916), in Nature, 1913, 92: 534.
  • James Jackson Putnam, in Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, 1914, 170: 821-825.
  • Charles Karsner Mills (1845-1931), in Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Chicago, 1914, 41: 65-74
  • Charles W. Burr:
    The S. Weir Mitchell Oration. Philadelphia 1920.
  • J. Madison Taylor:
    Personal Glimpses of Silas Weir Mitchell.
    Annals of Medical History, 1929, 1: 583-598.
  • H. E. Sigerist:
    Amerika und die Medizin. Leipzig, 1933: 137-139.
  • Anna Robeson Burr:
    Weir Mitchell, his life and letters. New York City, 1930.
  • Richard D. Walter:
    S. Weir Mitchell, M.D., Neurologist: A Medical Biography.
    Springfield, Illinois, 1970, 202-222.

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