The rest cure was developed by Silas Weir Mitchell in the late 1800s. This remedy was used to help victims of hysteria, neurasthenia, and other nervous illnesses. Many patients and doctors considered this cure worse than the actual disease. Silas Weir Mitchell was the president of the Association of American Physicians in 1887 and from 1908-1909 he became the president of the American Neurological Association. Silas Weir Mitchell discovered and treated a disease called causalgia (today known as CRPS/RSD). He is known as the father of neurology and a pioneer in early scientific medicine. Weir Mitchell is most famous for his use of the rest cure on Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Virginia Woolf. Both women went on to write stories telling the negative affects the rest cure had on patients. Virginia Woolf was an english writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. After undergoing the rest cure Virginia wrote a savage satire of it. She was not cured by the rest cure and eventually died from depression when she filled her overcoat with stones and drowned herself in the River Ouse near her home. Gillman also faced the rest ...
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