Meet Dr. Rush

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)  was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and was considered by some to be the 3rd most influential person advocating and organizing the American colonies to declare Independence from Britain.

Here is part of his legacy:

Robert R. Livingston

Signing the Declaration of Independence

  • He was active in the Sons of Liberty which was the group organizing the revolution;
  • He was appointed to represent Pennsylvania at the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence;
  • He is known as the “Father of American Medicine”;
  • He served as the Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and tended the wounded at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, the Brandywine, Germantown, and in the sickness at Valley Forge;
  • He opened the first free medical clinic at the Pennsylvania Hospital,
  • Founded the Philadelphia Bible Society;
  • He was against slavery and Founded the Society for the Abolition of Slavery;
  • Rush was a founding member of the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons (known today as the Pennsylvania Prison Society[5];
  • He is considered the “Father of American Psychiatry”, publishing the first textbook on the subject in the United States.

Dr. Rush felt that the United States was the work of God:[2]

“I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the United States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament“.

Dr. Rush felt that education must be based on the foundation of religion:

“I proceed … to inquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all of the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of the youth; and here I beg leave to remark that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid on the foundation of religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. … But the religion I mean to recommend in this place is that of the New Testament… Its doctrines and precepts are calculated to promote the happiness of society and the safety and well-being of civil government.”[3]

Physicians like to quote what Dr. Benjamin Rush reportedly said about the Constitution during the convention, most likely during discussions on the Bill of Rights:

“The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic. … Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship and force people who wish doctors and treatment of their own choice to submit to only what the dictating outfit offers.”

For the Patriotic task at hand, we think you will agree that The Rush Amendment is appropriately named and can be instrumental in reigning in and stopping many of the tyrannical policies of the federal and state governments that are totally unconstitutional. We are at the point in time where we need to restate and evoke our natural right to freedom of choice and practice in medical care.

The information above was gleaned from the following web sites about Dr Rush: