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September 8, 1951

Letters of Benjamin Rush. Volume I: 1761-1792. Volume II: 1793-1813

JAMA. 1951;147(2):203. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190103036

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Benjamin Rush probably was the 18th century's most distinguished American physician. He was also a politician, social reformer, psychiatrist, church founder, college founder, and pamphleteer. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. These excellent volumes contain a collection of more than 650 letters written by Rush, many of which were never before printed. His correspondents included five Presidents of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, leading figures in science, members of his family, including his mother-in-law, and friends. Rush's fame sprang from his vigorous and magnetic personality, from his accomplishments in medicine, education, and social reform, from his work as a teacher and lecturer, and from his letter-writing. He preferred writing letters to eating; in fact, he once suggested that eating clubs should be prohibited. He stored up everything he saw, read, or heard about that might prove useful to someone, and he talked and wrote for

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