Signed Benjamin Rush An Inquiry into the effects of ardent spirits upon the human body and mind 1811

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An Inquiry into The Effects Of Ardent Spirits upon the Human Body and Mind, with An Account of the Means if of Preventing, and of the Remedies of Curing Them.

the sixth edition with additions

1811

Believed to be his personal copy!!!

We don’t claim to be handwriting experts however comparing the signature on the front of this document to other known signature of Benjamin Rush it appears that this was in fact signed by him. “Dr Rush” it also looks like either he or someone else added “s” after his name indicated that this was his copy or at least one of his copies.

This  is certainly a rare piece of recovery history written by a man who not only signed the Declaration of Independence but is also known as the Father if American Psychiatry.

condition - the booklet is complete and show age wear and staining. Some fading and it looks like someone marked up a few pages with a red pencil. Although a distraction it still a very readable item. Just to own this is a collectors dream in any condition. Remember it’s more than 200 years old!

 

Rush was a leader of the American Enlightenmentand an enthusiastic supporter of the American Revolution. He was a leader in Pennsylvania's ratification of the Constitution in 1788. He was prominent in many reforms, especially in the areas of medicine and education. He opposed slavery, advocated free public schools, and sought improved education for women and a more enlightened penal system. As a leading physician, Rush had a major impact on the emerging medical profession. As an Enlightenment intellectual, he was committed to organizing all medical knowledge around explanatory theories, rather than rely on empirical methods. Rush argued that illness was the result of imbalances in the body's physical system and was caused by malfunctions in the brain. His approach prepared the way for later medical research, but Rush himself undertook none of it. He promoted public health by advocating clean environment and stressing the importance of personal and military hygiene. His study of mental disorder made him one of the founders of American psychiatry.[5] In 1965 the American Psychiatric Association recognized Rush as the "father of American psychiatry".[6]


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