JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The other contribution in the Century, referred
to above, is by Dr. Weir Mitchell, whose literary achievements have widened
his reputation so well earned by his work in medicine. It is in a measure
a sort of historical novel, as it is in the form of an assumed autobiography
of George Washington. We do not see that Dr. Mitchell has attempted to cultivate
or imitate Washington's style as we know it from his state papers and addresses.
We doubt whether Washington could have expressed himself anywhere nearly as
well as Dr. Mitchell does it for him. Still he might have very naturally thought
out the same thoughts and the paper shows a very close study of the early
and family history of the father of his country. Medical men will find of
interest this latest contribution of a colleague who has reflected honor on
the profession in more ways than one.
WEIR MITCHELL ON GEORGE WASHINGTON.. JAMA. 2004;291(14):1780. doi:10.1001/jama.291.14.1780-b