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John Kearsley Mitchell
1859-1917; John K. Mitchell

John Kearsley Mitchell

John Kearsley Mitchell
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Intro 1859-1917; John K. Mitchell
Was Physician
From United States of America
Field Healthcare
Gender male
Birth 13 July 1859, Philadelphia, United States of America
Death 10 April 1917, Philadelphia, United States of America (aged 57 years)
Star sign Cancer
Father: Silas Weir Mitchell
Siblings: Langdon Elwyn Mitchell
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John Kearsley Mitchell

John Kearsley Mitchell (May 12, 1798 – April 4, 1858) was an American physician and writer, born in Shepherdstown, Virginia (present-day West Virginia). Orphaned at the age of eight, and sent to his late father's family in Scotland at the age of thirteen, Kearsley was educated at Ayr Academy and the University of Edinburgh.

He returned to the United States in 1814, and began studying medicine under Dr. Samuel Powel Griffitts (apprenticeship was a common method of medical education in this period) before enrolling at an institution for his medical education. [1] He graduated from the Medical College of the University of Pennsylvania in 1819. Before he went to Philadelphia to practice his profession, he made three voyages to the Far East as ship's surgeon.

In 1826 he became professor of medicine and physiology at the Philadelphia Medical Institute and in 1833 professor of chemistry at the Franklin Institute. From 1841-58, he was professor of the theory and practice of medicine at Jefferson Medical College.

He was also the father of American physician and writer Silas Weir Mitchell (February 15, 1829 – January 4, 1914).


  • St. Helena (1821), a poem
  • On the Wisdom, Goodness and Power of God as Illustrated in the Properties of Water (1834)
  • Indecision, a Tale of the Far West, and Other Poems (1839)
  • On the Cryptogamous Origin of Malarious and Epidemic Fevers (1849)
  • Five Essays on Various Chemical and Medical Subjects (1858), published posthumously by his son S. Weir Mitchell.
  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
  • The Value of a Great Medical Reputation: With Suggestions for Its Attainment: A Lecture, Introductory to the Summer Course of the Medical Institute (1834), [2]


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