Silas Weir Mitchell
SILAS WEIR MITCHELL (1830-1914) was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1850. During the Civil War he studied nerve injuries in Turner's Lane Hospital in Philadelphia, and his observations were recorded later in the very important neurologic work Injuries to Nerves and Their Consequences, 1872. Pathological states which he described include causalgia (1864), erythromelalgia (1872), post paraplegic chorea (1874). He also advocated treatment of disease by the rest treatment, described in his monograph Fat and Blood (1877).