There were probably few men better placed in the latter part of the nineteenth century to help other men create a persona of strength and vigor--based quite firmly, too, in the tradition of literature and writing--than Silas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914), a physician who "achieved great success in popularizing the idea of a correlation between mental activity and nerve strain" (Will, 293).
De Oliveira, Becky
"Harvard Cowboys: The Role of Silas Weir Mitchell's Creative Works in Defining Western-Style American Masculinity,"
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