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Mitchell, S. Weirlocked

(15 February 1828–04 January 1914)
  • Dennis Wepman


Mitchell, S. Weir (15 February 1828–04 January 1914), physician and writer, was born Silas Weir Mitchell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Kearsley Mitchell, a physician and professor of medicine, and Sarah Matilda Henry. He entered the University of Pennsylvania at the age of fifteen and in his second year was ranked first in his class, but withdrew after three years because of the illness of his father. He enrolled in 1848 in Jefferson Medical College, where his father taught, and finished the two-year course at age twenty-one. He continued his studies in Paris, where he spent a year in research with several eminent scientists such as the physiologist Claude Bernard and the microscopist Charles Phillippe Robin. In 1851 he returned to Philadelphia to help with the medical practice of his ailing father and by 1855 was the sole supporter of the family. In 1858 he married Mary Middleton Elwyn, who bore him two sons before her death, from diphtheria, in 1862. When his father died in 1858, Mitchell took over his practice....

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