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Description: American physician and author Silas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914) signed this brief letter that was written in a secretary’s hand. In the letter, addressed to a Mr. Smith, Mitchell indicates he is trying to find a position for someone close to Smith. He says that he will soon see General Brigham in Washington and that “I suppose a month or two will settle the matter and if the boy has no chance by next spring I shall give up all efforts in this direction as he will be too old to wait longer. If Genl. Brigham has an appointment at his disposal he will, I think, probably give it to me.”

Silas Weir Mitchell has often been referred to as the father of medical neurology. During the Civil War, Silas Weir Mitchell was director of treatment of nervous injuries and maladies at Turners Lane Hospital in Philadelphia, and at the close of the war became a specialist in neurology. He pioneered the “rest cure”, a regimen he prescribed to author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who wrote the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” about a narrator driven insane by this treatment. Mitchell discovered causalgia and erythromelalgia, and coined the term “phantom limb” during his study of an amputee. Sigmund Freud was heavily influenced by Mitchell’s work, The Treatment of Certain Forms of Neurasthenia and Hysteria and incorporated electrotherapy and the use of physical relaxation in his therapy treatments.

Written on three pages of a sheet of stationery that measures: 6 7/8″ x 9″. Item #A01225

Condition: Fold lines, otherwise very good condition with a large, bold signature.