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May 22, 1948

The Selected Writings of Benjamin Rush

JAMA. 1948;137(4):420. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890380090037

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Mr. Runes deserves credit for assembling the "cream" of Rush's writings. More ought to be said and written about this truly great American, for there are many patriotic Americans who do not know even that he was a signer with Franklin of the Declaration of Independence!

Rush was born the day before Christmas (Dec. 24, 1745) on his father's farm just north of Philadelphia and was fortunate in having a highly educated and inspiring uncle, the Rev. Samuel Finley. who was headmaster in the academy and later took his nephew in as a student there. The boy must have been brilliant, for he was graduated from Princeton before the age of 15 and then spent six years studying under Dr. Redman as preceptor, as was the custom in those days, after which he went to Edinburgh and received his M.D. in 1768, aged 23. Then came a trip across the

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