Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, author and physician, 1906
Charlotte's doctor, nerve specialist
Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, had built an
eminent medical career working with soldiers injured during the Civil War.
He then focused on the treatment of
women with nervous exhaustion,
devising a “rest cure” in which the
patient was not allowed to read, write,
feed herself, or talk to others.
“Live as domestic
a life as possible…
And never touch pen, brush, or pencil as
long as you live.”
Gilman describes Dr. Mitchell’s