Hoffman RC340 .R95 1830
Benjamin Rush, who was born in Philadelphia, was an avid supporter
of the American Revolution, even signing the Declaration of Independence. He
was also a leader in social improvement causes, such as opposition to
slavery and the better education for women.
During the first century of American medicine he became
one of its most influential figures. His Medical Inquiries and
Observations upon the Diseases of the Mind, first published in 1789,
was one of his first literary endeavors. It became widely accepted and
passed went through numerous editions. His advocacy of excessive use of
bloodletting or “depletion” as he called, is now viewed as barbaric.
Yet, he was far ahead of his time in the care of the mentally ill.
This copy of The Diseases of the Mind is the fourth edition, published at Philadelphia in
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