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Although S. Weir Mitchell (1829-1914) has been considered "the most versatile American since Benjamin Franklin," this is probably over-stating his position and contributions. He was a man of great breadth, but not quite a genius, was too much a conformer and unable to go beyond the bounds of Victorian life. Most biographies of Mitchell have been "autobiographical" (Burr, 1929) or literary (Earnest, 1950; Rein, 1952) with little attention being paid to his medical or scientific contributions. Dr. Walter has remedied this lack in the presentation of Mitchell's life in his S. Weir Mitchell, M.D.—Neurologist. As Walter states, "the bias of
S. Weir Mitchell, M.D.—Neurologist—A Medical Biography.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:500–501. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-3-500_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(3):500-501.
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