's Novelistic Prescription for an Upset Society." Prospects 11 (1987): 199-216.
, M.D.--Neurologist: A Medical Biography.
The "Weir Mitchell
treatment" was a method of treating "neurasthenia, hysteria" (shell shock), by rest in bed, frequent and abundant feeding, and the systematic use of massage and electricity.
Just like the narrator's husband, John, who is portrayed as a physician of high standing in the story, Weir Mitchell
suggested his patients' isolation from the rest of their family, bed rest, overfeeding, and massage, all of which are "scientific" ways of transforming women into impotent infants.
had used in the case of a young woman engaged to be married and who was affected with intractable vomiting.
, Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Conan Doyle and Schnitzler, were imaginative writers as well as doctors.
, "Rest in Nervous Disease," in Edouard C.
's Lectures on Diseases of the Nervous System (1881) further illustrates the complex cultural politics of male medical sympathy.
School, a kindergarten through fourth-grade primary school in Southwest Philadelphia.
Also published were The Midge by Henry Cuyler Bunner, a graceful novelette by the poet-editor of Puck; Indian Summer, a romantic novel set in Florence, Tuscan Cities, a travel book, and The Garroters, a farcical play, all by William Dean Howells; Princess Casamassima, a novel by Henry James in which he uncovered the social ferment underlying the surface placidity of upper-class life in London; and Hugh Wynne by Silas Weir Mitchell
, a noted Philadelphia physician and neurologist, partly a historical romance, partly a novel of psychology, first appearing as a serial in Century Magazine.
The Yellow Wallpaper draws on Charlotte Stetson's experience with famed Philadelphia physician Silas Weir Mitchell
. Faced with persistent depression after the birth of her daughter, she sought the advice of a man whose renown was based on his treatment of nervous diseases in women.
Silas Weir Mitchell
has alternated stage and TV work for much of his career.