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The many-sided personality of Silas Weir Mitchell found its expression in different directions like light from multiple facets. He made a brilliant success in two major fields of activity, first, medicine, in particular neurology, and, second, literature. More difficult to evaluate were his contributions to other activities, such as public affairs and hospital management. But shining through the record of all his activities was his warm humanity, his stimulating influence on his many associates and his unfailing effort to relieve human suffering in any form. He loved to live and to contribute. One of his colleagues has said that Walter Savage Landor's words, "I warmed both hands before the fire of life," were more true of Mitchell than of any other man he had known.
Weir Mitchell was born in 1829, of Scotch descent. It is of interest that his great-grandfather, Collector Mitchell, was a friend and companion of Robert
HYNDMAN O, CONE W. SILAS WEIR MITCHELL 1829-1914. Arch NeurPsych. 1935;34(3):643-648. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250210164014