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August 28, 1981

S. Weir Mitchell and Oliver Wendell HolmesA Friendship and Poetic Tribute

JAMA. 1981;246(9):974-978. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320090036025

S. WEIR MITCHELL and Oliver Wendell Holmes are distinguished for achievement in both medicine and literature. Mitchell is renowned for his clinical neurological investigations and work as a neuropsychiatrist as well as novelist. Holmes is esteemed as a teacher of anatomy and physiology, as a proponent of the view of the contagiousness of puerperal fever, and as a leading poet. Mitchell also wrote poetry, and Holmes published novels. It seems desirable at this time to present them together and to furnish evidence of their friendship. They have in the past been written about separately in articles appearing in medical publications. Readers should also be given the opportunity to appreciate their warm relationship as reflected in the rarely seen, affectionate, respectful, sensitive poetic tribute by Mitchell to Holmes.1(p344)

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)  Oliver Wendell Holmes was born in Cambridge, Mass, on Aug 29, 1809, the son of the Reverend Abiel Holmes, minister