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From the Rush Archives: Want to learn more about Benjamin Rush?

by Nathalie Wheaton on 2020-05-29T12:05:02-05:00 in History | 0 Comments

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Rush's namesake, Benjamin Rush?

Surgeon Daniel Brainard, MD, (1812-1866) obtained the charter for Rush Medical College in 1837. He chose to name the school after a well-known and well-respected American physician, Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) of Pennsylvania. Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and attended the Continental Congress. He was close friends with many of the Founding Fathers. Chicago was a small frontier town, and Brainard was a young man with no reputation of his own. The lofty name of Rush matched the high hopes Brainard had for his endeavor.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Rush, please review the following information about a special upcoming online event hosted by Penn Libraries' Biomedical Library and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts:

[From the event description]

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 10th, for a virtual book talk by award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Fried, on his book, RUSH: revolution, madness, and Benjamin Rush, the visionary doctor who became a founding father.

In a presentation entitled, "Rediscovering Benjamin Rush, Yellow Fever & the Revolutionary Early Days of Penn Medicine," Fried will discuss the monumental life of Benjamin Rush, medical pioneer and one of our most provocative and unsung Founding Fathers.

To register for this event, please visit the event page from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries:

"See" you there!

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