DescriptionBenjamin Rush Autograph Letter Signed "Benj Rush." One page with integral address leaf, 6.5" x 8", Philadelphia, May 22, 1787. Rush writes to George Woods or "in his absence David Espy," in part: "I enclose you herein a receipt for my taxes in Bedford County from Mr. Rittenhouse, & beg you would immediately give it to the person appointed to receive it. Accept of my thanks for your great & successful attention to my interest in your county." Smoothed folds with some minor damage along the right edge. Few foxing spots. Damage to the address leaf from opening at the wax seal.
Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), a political activist, patriot, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was also one of the most respected medical doctors and theorists in America. Though the quality of his medicine was quite primitive by today's standards (he advocated bleeding for almost any illness), his system of theory and practice, his specific contributions to medical science, and his influence as a teacher made him one of the most sought-after physicians of his time. He wrote a descriptive account of the yellow fever epidemic that struck Philadelphia in 1793, during which he treated up to 100 patients per day, further enhancing his reputation. Rush was also far ahead of his time in the treatment of mental illness and is considered by some to be the "father of American Psychiatry."
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