Comparing Benjamin Rush's Life And Physician

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Benjamin Rush was a founding father known best for his work as a physician, but that wasn’t all he was. He was also a chemist, writer, teacher/professor, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Rush was much more than what people think he is. Benjamin Rush was born on December 24th, 1745, at Byberry, PA. In 1751, when his father, John Rush, died, him and his mother moved to Philadelphia where his mother ran a grocery store. At age eight he was sent to live with his uncle, Rev. Dr. Samuel Finley. At age fourteen he attended the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University, for a B.A. (Bachelor of Bussiness Administrator). Then, in 1761, he moved back to Philadelphia and apprenticed under John Redman until 1766. In 1763, during the apprenticeship, he became a professor of chemistry in the College of Philadelphia. After the apprenticeship, Redman encouraged Rush to attend the University of Edinburgh, in Europe. He earned his M.D. there, to become a physician, in 1768. Afterwards, he trained at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London for several years. After returning to Philadelphia in 1769, he immediately began his practice. He didn’t have many contacts among the rich, so he mainly treated the poor. In 1773, he became one of the Sons of Liberty. On August 2nd, 1776, he signed the…show more content…
There is no treatment for Yellow Fever, and his search for one may have only made it worse. Benjamin rush was desperate for a treatment until he finally settled with bleeding, a bland vegetable diet, and high amounts of mercury. I don’t know where he got the idea that vegetables and mercury would help, but I strongly disagree with bleeding. His patients were vomiting blood, and he thought taking away more would help? I don’t know what he was thinking, but I would bet money that some of his patients died from his bleeding. You’re supposed to replace the blood loss, not take more

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