George Miller Beard


Birthday May 8, 1839

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace Connecticut

DEATH DATE Jan 23, 1883 (43)

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Connecticut-born neurologist best known for popularizing the medical term neurasthenia, used to describe nerve weaknesses.

Before Fame

He worked as an assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War.


He was a harsh critic of Spiritualism and published a harsh critique of the concept, called The Psychology of Spiritism, in 1879.

Family Life

His father Spencer was a Congregational minister.

Associated With

He argued in favor of leniency towards the man who assassinated President James Garfield, citing the man's insanity.