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There appears to be no popular biography of Rush, a man who would be of interest even if he had not been a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
As our readers know, Rush was the preeminent American physician of his day, the founder of American psychiatry, a pioneer in the humane treatment of the mentally ill and of prisoners, a pioneer of the therapeutic approach to addiction - and an ardent revolutionary who antagonized Washington (he wanted Washington out as being an inadequate strategist - which he was).
He was also a passionate Christian whose faith guided his life, and his fierce opposition to slavery did not endear him to many. He founded the first Bible society in the US.
This book by Brodsky seems like less of a popular bio than a compilation of Rush's huge correspondences. 2000 Rush letters survive.
Dr. Rush is a very interesting fellow-- not only politically (not on Washington's BFF List), but also as a "doc", who had a small part in preparing Lewis for the Lewis and Clark expedition. He gave him basic medical and herbal training so he could be a field medic for the crew- which served them well throughout the trip, not only with the crew, but the various Indian tribes with whom they were friendly. Dr. Ambrose talks about it in Undaunted Courage; a fine book.
Actually there have been several biographies of Dr. Rush, though perhaps the authoritative bio has yet to be published. The books available are somewhat lacking, all in different areas. In addition some of his writings and autobiography have been published.