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History Of American Medical Literature, From 1776 To The Present Time

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ency, silence reigned supreme in the halls of literature and science. Nor was there any improvement in this respect for a number of years after the struggle had ended. Men could not at once return to their accustomed habits and ...
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ency, silence reigned supreme in the halls of literature and science. Nor was there any improvement in this respect for a number of years after the struggle had ended. Men could not at once return to their accustomed habits and occupations. The country was impoverished, and heavily in debt. Men had to provide bread for their families. One man alone, of towering intellect and of untiring industry, stood forth during all this period in the midst of his fellow-citizens, like the morning star, gilding the horizon with the effulgence of his genius. Tract after tract fell in rapid succession from his prolific pen, inaugurating thus a new era, and setting in motion a ball destined to roll onward and upward through all the ages on this mighty continent. Benjamin Rush, a farmer's son, born within thirty miles of Philadelphia, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and at first physician, and then surgeon of the continental army, is the father not only of American Medicine, but of American Medical Literature, the type of a great man, many-sided, far-seeing, full of intellect and genius ; abused and vilified, as man hardly ever was before, by his contemporaries, professional and non-professional; misunderstood by his immediate successors, and unappreciated by the present generation, few of whom know anything of his real character. In awarding to this great and good man this high honor, I am but rendering a bare act of justice to his memory. Rush inspired his pupils with ambition, and taught them how to think, for he was facile princeps, "head and shoulder" above all his compeers as a medical philosopher. These tracts were at length, namely, in 1788-9, collected and published in book form, under the title of " Medical Inquiries and Observations," in four volumes. The treatise upon "D...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781113057013
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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ency, silence reigned supreme in the halls of literature and science. Nor was there any improvement in this respect for a number of years after the struggle had ended. Men could not at once return to their accustomed habits and occupations. The country was impoverished, and heavily in debt. Men had to provide bread for their families. One man alone, of towering intellect and of untiring industry, stood forth during all this period in the midst of his fellow-citizens, like the morning star, gilding the horizon with the effulgence of his genius. Tract after tract fell in rapid succession from his prolific pen, inaugurating thus a new era, and setting in motion a ball destined to roll onward and upward through all the ages on this mighty continent. Benjamin Rush, a farmer's son, born within thirty miles of Philadelphia, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and at first physician, and then surgeon of the continental army, is the father not only of American Medicine, but of American Medical Literature, the type of a great man, many-sided, far-seeing, full of intellect and genius ; abused and vilified, as man hardly ever was before, by his contemporaries, professional and non-professional; misunderstood by his immediate successors, and unappreciated by the present generation, few of whom know anything of his real character. In awarding to this great and good man this high honor, I am but rendering a bare act of justice to his memory. Rush inspired his pupils with ambition, and taught them how to think, for he was facile princeps, "head and shoulder" above all his compeers as a medical philosopher. These tracts were at length, namely, in 1788-9, collected and published in bookform, under the title of " Medical Inquiries and Observations," in four volumes. The treatise upon "D...
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