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April 26, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(17):593-601. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410170001001

BENJAMIN RUSH.  An Address delivered before the American Medical Association at its Annual Meeting in Newport, R. I., June, 1889,BY WILLIAM PEPPER M.D., LL.D., PROVOST AND PROFESSOR OF THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.Time, which destroys so much, has dealt kindly with the fame of Benjamin Rush. Like his great master Sydenham he was distinguished during life, and distinguished not through the absence of able rivals, but owing to surpassing power. But as with all true renown his fame has endured and grown, and it seems not unlikely that he will remain forever with us, not, it may be, as the greatest of our physicians, but as the first of our great physicians.His life of ceaseless, restless activity demands and will repay full description when all interdiction is removed from his private papers. I hazard the prediction that the largest publicity will but