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

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Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 24/08/2012
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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 nineteenth-century medicine and culture.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271054032
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This book is the first modern, reliable biography of S. Weir Mitchell based on thorough research and careful, scholarly use of a wide range of primary sources. The research and interpretation here are highly original. Nancy Cervetti's biography uses new information about Mitchell to provide a complex and fascinating interpretation of his life, his work, and his significance to American literature and culture."

--Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University


"Nancy Cervetti shows us the 'whole' S. Weir Mitchell as he revealed himself through his unpublished autobiography and copious correspondence. She has mined a veritable mountain of primary sources, including Mitchell's scientific papers, and elegantly integrated them all into this beautifully written biography. Cervetti's original approach to Mitchell's work provides readers with a treasure trove of information about his family life, research career, literary aspirations, and travels. The precious primary source materials shine like gems in the setting of Cervetti's helpful historical context."

--Lisa A. Long, North Central College


"The name of Silas Weir Mitchell shades discussions of medicine, feminist literature, and the social, scientific, and literary conversations at the dawn of the twentieth century. Over a half century has elapsed since the last substantive biography of a man who 'built a powerhouse of a life, ' as Nancy Cervetti describes Mitchell. She has written a stunning, holistic survey of Mitchell's work from Civil War neurology to his insights in psychiatry and hysteria, his popular literature, and his antagonism toward women's rights. Cervetti's fascinating biography communicates Mitchell's 'keen sense of life as a performance' and will inspire new scholarship and appeal to a readership as broad as Mitchell's own reading publics."

--Robert Hicks, Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia


"You will find many Mitchells in Nancy Cervetti's book: rambunctious boy, unfocused youth, budding physician, committed experimentalist, pioneering neurologist, bibliophile, poet, novelist, socialite, fisherman, medical graybeard, feted celebrity, and cultural Polonius. The threads Cervetti uses to weave the fabric of his life are his need to write and his attitude toward women. They stitch together a fascinating nineteenth-century life, with its successes, failures, and contradictions."

--Charles Greifenstein, American Philosophical Society


"[Nancy Cervetti's] product, a well-organized, polished, scholarly work, is a great contribution to American medical history. . . . Like one of Mitchell's best novels, this biography deserves a wide readership."

--I. Richman, Choice


"Cervetti has given readers a freshly researched, beautifully written portrait of a vital figure who, for better and worse, towered over his age."

--Helen L. Horowitz, Bulletin of the History of Medicine


"Cervetti has produced an elegantly written, incredibly detailed, and impressively comprehensive narrative of Mitchell's journey from the insecure son of an overbearing father to the highly esteemed and influential researcher and clinician in physiology and neurology to a kind of medical public intellectual and literati."

--Richard A. Meckel, Journal of American History


"[S. Weir Mitchell, 1829-1914] is the first comprehensive, postfeminist biography of Mitchell. . . . Cervetti's book is sure to become the biography of record."

--David G. Schuster, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography


"Cervetti's professional, personal, political, and psychological analysis of S. Weir Mitchell provides insight into the social and political climate of the nineteenth century and serves as a useful case study within the larger context of American medicine and culture."

--Savannah L. Williamson, Social History of Medicine


This book is the first modern, reliable biography of S. Weir Mitchell based on thorough research and careful, scholarly use of a wide range of primary sources. The research and interpretation here are highly original. Nancy Cervetti's biography uses new information about Mitchell to provide a complex and fascinating interpretation of his life, his work, and his significance to American literature and culture.

Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University"


Nancy Cervetti shows us the whole S. Weir Mitchell as he revealed himself through his unpublished autobiography and copious correspondence. She has mined a veritable mountain of primary sources, including Mitchell s scientific papers, and elegantly integrated them all into this beautifully written biography. Cervetti s original approach to Mitchell s work provides readers with a treasure trove of information about his family life, research career, literary aspirations, and travels. The precious primary source materials shine like gems in the setting of Cervetti s helpful historical context.

Lisa A. Long, North Central College"


The name of Silas Weir Mitchell shades discussions of medicine, feminist literature, and the social, scientific, and literary conversations at the dawn of the twentieth century. Over a half century has elapsed since the last substantive biography of a man who built a powerhouse of a life, as Nancy Cervetti describes Mitchell. She has written a stunning, holistic survey of Mitchell s work from Civil War neurology to his insights in psychiatry and hysteria, his popular literature, and his antagonism toward women s rights. Cervetti s fascinating biography communicates Mitchell s keen sense of life as a performance and will inspire new scholarship and appeal to a readership as broad as Mitchell s own reading publics.

Robert Hicks, Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia"


You will find many Mitchells in Nancy Cervetti s book: rambunctious boy, unfocused youth, budding physician, committed experimentalist, pioneering neurologist, bibliophile, poet, novelist, socialite, fisherman, medical graybeard, feted celebrity, and cultural Polonius. The threads Cervetti uses to weave the fabric of his life are his need to write and his attitude toward women. They stitch together a fascinating nineteenth-century life, with its successes, failures, and contradictions.

Charles Greifenstein, American Philosophical Society"


[Nancy Cervetti s] product, a well-organized, polished, scholarly work, is a great contribution to American medical history. . . . Like one of Mitchell s best novels, this biography deserves a wide readership.

I. Richman, Choice"


Cervetti has given readers a freshly researched, beautifully written portrait of a vital figure who, for better and worse, towered over his age.

Helen L. Horowitz, Bulletin of the History of Medicine"


Cervetti has produced an elegantly written, incredibly detailed, and impressively comprehensive narrative of Mitchell s journey from the insecure son of an overbearing father to the highly esteemed and influential researcher and clinician in physiology and neurology to a kind of medical public intellectual and literati.

Richard A. Meckel, Journal of American History"


[S. Weir Mitchell, 1829 1914] is the first comprehensive, postfeminist biography of Mitchell. . . . Cervetti s book is sure to become the biography of record.

David G. Schuster, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography"


Cervetti s professional, personal, political, and psychological analysis of S. Weir Mitchell provides insight into the social and political climate of the nineteenth century and serves as a useful case study within the larger context of American medicine and culture.

Savannah L. Williamson, Social History of Medicine"


[S. Weir Mitchell, 1829 1914] is the first comprehensive, postfeminist biography of Mitchell. . . . Cervetti s book is sure to become the biography of record.

David G. Schuster, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"

This book is the first modern, reliable biography of S. Weir Mitchell based on thorough research and careful, scholarly use of a wide range of primary sources. The research and interpretation here are highly original. Nancy Cervetti's biography uses new information about Mitchell to provide a complex and fascinating interpretation of his life, his work, and his significance to American literature and culture.

Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University

"

Nancy Cervetti shows us the whole S. Weir Mitchell as he revealed himself through his unpublished autobiography and copious correspondence. She has mined a veritable mountain of primary sources, including Mitchell s scientific papers, and elegantly integrated them all into this beautifully written biography. Cervetti s original approach to Mitchell s work provides readers with a treasure trove of information about his family life, research career, literary aspirations, and travels. The precious primary source materials shine like gems in the setting of Cervetti s helpful historical context.

Lisa A. Long, North Central College

"

The name of Silas Weir Mitchell shades discussions of medicine, feminist literature, and the social, scientific, and literary conversations at the dawn of the twentieth century. Over a half century has elapsed since the last substantive biography of a man who built a powerhouse of a life, as Nancy Cervetti describes Mitchell. She has written a stunning, holistic survey of Mitchell s work from Civil War neurology to his insights in psychiatry and hysteria, his popular literature, and his antagonism toward women s rights. Cervetti s fascinating biography communicates Mitchell s keen sense of life as a performance and will inspire new scholarship and appeal to a readership as broad as Mitchell s own reading publics.

Robert Hicks, Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

"

You will find many Mitchells in Nancy Cervetti s book: rambunctious boy, unfocused youth, budding physician, committed experimentalist, pioneering neurologist, bibliophile, poet, novelist, socialite, fisherman, medical graybeard, feted celebrity, and cultural Polonius. The threads Cervetti uses to weave the fabric of his life are his need to write and his attitude toward women. They stitch together a fascinating nineteenth-century life, with its successes, failures, and contradictions.

Charles Greifenstein, American Philosophical Society

"

[Nancy Cervetti s] product, a well-organized, polished, scholarly work, is a great contribution to American medical history. . . . Like one of Mitchell s best novels, this biography deserves a wide readership.

I. Richman, Choice

"

Cervetti has given readers a freshly researched, beautifully written portrait of a vital figure who, for better and worse, towered over his age.

Helen L. Horowitz, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

"

Cervetti s professional, personal, political, and psychological analysis of S. Weir Mitchell provides insight into the social and political climate of the nineteenth century and serves as a useful case study within the larger context of American medicine and culture.

Savannah L. Williamson, Social History of Medicine

"

Cervetti has produced an elegantly written, incredibly detailed, and impressively comprehensive narrative of Mitchell s journey from the insecure son of an overbearing father to the highly esteemed and influential researcher and clinician in physiology and neurology to a kind of medical public intellectual and literat[us].

Richard A. Meckel, Journal of American History

"

"Cervetti has produced an elegantly written, incredibly detailed, and impressively comprehensive narrative of Mitchell's journey from the insecure son of an overbearing father to the highly esteemed and influential researcher and clinician in physiology and neurology to a kind of medical public intellectual and literat[us]."

--Richard A. Meckel, Journal of American History


"[S. Weir Mitchell, 1829-1914] is the first comprehensive, postfeminist biography of Mitchell. . . . Cervetti's book is sure to become the biography of record."

--David G. Schuster, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography


"This book is the first modern, reliable biography of S. Weir Mitchell based on thorough research and careful, scholarly use of a wide range of primary sources. The research and interpretation here are highly original. Nancy Cervetti's biography uses new information about Mitchell to provide a complex and fascinating interpretation of his life, his work, and his significance to American literature and culture."

--Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University


"Nancy Cervetti shows us the 'whole' S. Weir Mitchell as he revealed himself through his unpublished autobiography and copious correspondence. She has mined a veritable mountain of primary sources, including Mitchell's scientific papers, and elegantly integrated them all into this beautifully written biography. Cervetti's original approach to Mitchell's work provides readers with a treasure trove of information about his family life, research career, literary aspirations, and travels. The precious primary source materials shine like gems in the setting of Cervetti's helpful historical context."

--Lisa A. Long, North Central College


"You will find many Mitchells in Nancy Cervetti's book: rambunctious boy, unfocused youth, budding physician, committed experimentalist, pioneering neurologist, bibliophile, poet, novelist, socialite, fisherman, medical graybeard, feted celebrity, and cultural Polonius. The threads Cervetti uses to weave the fabric of his life are his need to write and his attitude toward women. They stitch together a fascinating nineteenth-century life, with its successes, failures, and contradictions."

--Charles Greifenstein, American Philosophical Society


"[Nancy Cervetti's] product, a well-organized, polished, scholarly work, is a great contribution to American medical history. . . . Like one of Mitchell's best novels, this biography deserves a wide readership."

--I. Richman, Choice


"Cervetti has given readers a freshly researched, beautifully written portrait of a vital figure who, for better and worse, towered over his age."

--Helen L. Horowitz, Bulletin of the History of Medicine


"Cervetti's professional, personal, political, and psychological analysis of S. Weir Mitchell provides insight into the social and political climate of the nineteenth century and serves as a useful case study within the larger context of American medicine and culture."

--Savannah L. Williamson, Social History of Medicine


"The name of Silas Weir Mitchell shades discussions of medicine, feminist literature, and the social, scientific, and literary conversations at the dawn of the twentieth century. Over a half century has elapsed since the last substantive biography of a man who 'built a powerhouse of a life, ' as Nancy Cervetti describes Mitchell. She has written a stunning, holistic survey of Mitchell's work from Civil War neurology to his insights in psychiatry and hysteria, his popular literature, and his antagonism toward women's rights. Cervetti's fascinating biography communicates Mitchell's 'keen sense of life as a performance' and will inspire new scholarship and appeal to a readership as broad as Mitchell's own reading publics."

--Robert Hicks, M�tter Museum and Historical Medical Library, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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