Dr. S. Weir Mitchell

“Under such torments the temper changes, the most amiable become irritable, the bravest soldier becomes a coward, and the strongest man is scarcely less nervous than the most hysterical girl.”

-from Gunshot Wounds and other injuries of nerves (1864), by Mitchell, S. Weir, Moorehouse, George R., Keen, William W.

I am constantly shocked by people (read: medical professionals who claim to be familiar with the condition) who think CRPS has been described medically only recently. Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, one of America’s first neurologists, first described the modern CRPS Type II as “causalgia”. He also described CRPS in the critical text Gunshot Wounds and other injuries of nerves, published in 1864 ad co-authored with George Moorehouse, and William Keen. This appears to be the first thorough description in medical texts. Just some food for thought.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s