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Dr. Benjamin Rush:
The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation

by Harlow Giles Unger

Hardcover
ISBN: 9780306824326
$28.00 / $36.50 CAN.

Published by Da Capo Press

 
Dr. Benjamin Rush:
The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation


From one of America's premier historians, a gripping new biography of Benjamin Rush—fiery signer of the Declaration of Independence, prominent physician, ardent politician, zealous social reformer, passionate humanitarian, and dedicated educator.


Rush was the Founding Father of an America that other Founding Fathers forgot—women, Catholics, Jews, indentured workers, prisoners, the working poor, the indigent sick and injured, and slaves.

Ninety percent of the people lived in that other America—with little or no wealth, uneducated, often illiterate, barred from voting, and without rights to life, liberty, or pursuit ofhappiness, either before or after the Declaration of Independence and separation from Britain.

Of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence, Rush alone heard the cries of that other America.

After risking death founding the Army Medical Corps during the Revolutionary War, he renewed his pledge to sacrifice his life, fortune, and sacred honor, and set out to heal the nation’s wounds and eliminate injustice, becoming the father of modern American medical care and, a century before Freud, establishing the foundation of psychiatry and psychiatric care.


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