In the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also one of the most visionary. A brilliant physician and writer, Rush was known as the “American Hippocrates” for pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing treatment of mental illness and addiction. Yet medicine is only part of his legacy. Dr. Rush was a vocal opponent of slavery, capital punishment, and prejudice by race, religion or gender. Drawing on a trove of previously unpublished documents, bestselling historian Stephen Fried resurrects the most significant Founding Father we’ve never heard of.
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