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    Dr. Benjamin Rush offers his sympathies and encouragement when a patient does not respond to his treatments

    Benjamin Rush Autograph Letter Signed "Benj. Rush". One page, 6" x 7.5", Philadelphia, February 3, 1807, written to Mr. Enoch Walker of Moore Hill. Dr. Rush pens: "I am sorry to inform you that your wife is not much better. As yet the Remedies I have proscribed in her case, have not had time to produce the effects intended from them. I am far from despairing of her recovery. Her disease-her sex-and above all the high character you have given of her talents and worth, all concur to induce in me the utmost exertions for her relief." Benjamin Rush, 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 became Professor of medical theory and clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania in 1791, and during his lengthy career, he educated over 3,000 medical students. 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". He published the first textbook on the subject in the United States, Medical Inquiries and Observations upon the Diseases of the Mind, in 1812; the emblem of the American Psychiatric Association also bears his portrait. In fine condition with conjoined address panel written in his hand.


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