Dr. Benjamin Rush


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An American physician—1746-1813—trained at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, who practised ‘heroic medicine’
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Critique: Impressively informative, exceptional in scope and execution, "Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation" is an extraordinary and deftly written biography that should be considered an essential and core addition to community and academic library American Biography collections.
The American tradition of physicians as politicians is a long one--five of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were doctors, including Dr. Benjamin Rush, the father of American psychiatry.
In 1797, the first Chair of Chemistry in America was awarded to Dr. Benjamin Rush at the University of Pennsylvania.
Additional supporters not listed but among Wheatley's readers and professed admirers were men like Dr. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia, signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress, and the Marquis de Barbe-Marbois, who served as Secretary to the French Legation during the American Revolut ion (Robinson 24).