More than thirty years have elapsed since Acting Assistant Surgeons S. Weir Mitchell, George R. Morehouse and William W. Keen made their special investigations on gunshot and other injuries of the nerves, in the temporary U. S. Army Hospital in Christian Street, Philadelphia. The report which these gentlemen prepared in 1864 may be read now with all the interest which attaches to the recital of a traveler upon a new and hitherto unknown territory. "Never before in medical history has there been collected for study and treatment so remarkable a series of nerve injuries," say the authors. The opportunity was afforded by the setting apart of a hospital for diseases and injuries of the nerves, by order of Surgeon-General Hammond, and the report cited is now a medical classic.
The book now under consideration, by the son of the senior medical officer mentioned, may be said to be the sequel