"The Autobiography of a Quack" is the story of a physician He moves through a series of increasingly seamy scams in search of quick and easy money--including claiming to be a homeopathic physician, then an expert in vegetable remedies and 'electromagnetic' treatment, falling through a multitude of suspect activities culminating in his setting up shop as a spiritualist. "The Case of George Dedlow" is an absurdist short story about a Union doctor, Seeing that the doctor has fallen into a depression, an acquaintance invites him to a spiritualist meeting.
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Silas Weir Mitchell (February 15, 1829 – January 4, 1914) was an American physician and writer.
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