's Diseases of the Nervous System, Especially in Women, Doctor and Patient, Fat and Blood and How to Make Them, Diseases, and "The Evolution of the Rest Cure" were all written at the turn of the century.
. "The Weir Mitchell
Rest Cure: Doctor and Patients." Women's Studies 10 (1983): 15-40.
The first part of the short story abounds in "John says," "John thinks," to show the decisional power of her husband over her life : "John says if I don't pick up faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell
in the fall" (GYW: 650); "John thought it might do me good to see a little company" (GYW: 650); "John would think it absurd" (GYW: 651); "John says I mustn't lose my strength" (GYW: 651).
Silas Weir Mitchell
was an American physician-neurologist and author (1829-1914).
In addition to the discussion of Higginson, Fuller does an outstanding job outlining the profound emotional effects of the war: Dickinson's odd poems of the wartime period receive excellent treatment, as does Herman Melville's underrated collection "Battle-Pieces:' The quirky Silas Weir Mitchell
, the doctor who established the term "shell-shock" is well covered here, including his even quirkier tale "The Case of George Dedlow"; and the book ends with a discussion of emerging views of Heaven and the afterlife (though I think even more theological insight on these matters could strengthen this section).
Nick Burkhardt David Giuntoli Hank Griffin Russell Hornsby Juliette Silverton Bitsie Tulloch Monroe Silas Weir Mitchell
With: Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Kate Burton, Tim Bagley.
One of the most famous doctors of the age was Sir Weir Mitchell
, who also took care of Gilman for a time and who is mentioned in "The Yellow Wall-Paper": "John says if I don't pick up faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell
in the fall.
The book is divided into nine parts, covering; Contact, Pleasure, Pain, Male Bonding, Women's Touch, Control, Uncommon Touch, Tactile Therapies, and Touch and Technology, and each one is populated by writings from authors as diverse as Silas Weir Mitchell
(the nineteenth century neurologist who pioneered the 'rest cure method'), Donna Harraway and Klaus Theweleit.
Perhaps the most famous promulgator of the rest cure was Silas Weir Mitchell
, and it is his approach that finds the most ardent support in print.
Neurologist Weir Mitchell
had given him a peyote sample and promised "the most glorious visions of color--every object thought of appears in a jeweled splendor unknown to the natural world", James recounted in a letter to his novelist brother, Henry.
documented many cases in which pain persisted for years and where even a slight breeze could trigger a severe burning sensation on a patient's skin.