Portraits of influence
Physician and statesman, Rush signed the Declaration of Independence, was an early opponent of slavery and capital punishment, helped prepare the Lewis and Clark expedition, and is considered America’s first psychiatrist for his groundbreaking research into mental illness and addiction. Rush believed, for example, that mental illness was a disease of the mind, and not a “possession of demons.”
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By Michael Witte ’66