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United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Medical care

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin and Julia Stockton Rush papers

Identifier: RL.11044
Overview The Benjamin and Julia Stockton Rush papers include letters, writings, financial records, a few legal documents and one educational record. Benjamin Rush's personal and professional outgoing letters, with some incoming letters, cover a wide variety of topics, but focus primarily on medical concerns, particularly the 1793 and other yellow fever epidemics in Philadelphia, as well as mental illness and its treatment, and the medical department of the Continental Army. There are a few letters from...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1766-1845 and undated

Benjamin Rush (n.p.) letter to unidentified, 1777 Autumn

 Item — Box 1: Series 1, Folder: 15
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents Rush discusses his appointment to the Army, the support of doctors Shippen and Brower for that appointment, his concerns about the medical system and the numbers of deaths the army has experienced, dispatches that have arrived from France, and that John Adams is on his way there.
Dates: 1777 Autumn

Benjamin Rush (Princetown) letter to James McHenry (n. p.), 1778 May 17

 Item — Box 1: Series 1, Folder: 15
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents Rush recommends Dr. James Finley to McHenry, and requests that he visit Finley's patients with him. He adds that he is forced into a military retirement by Dr. Shippen's friends, but takes pleasure in McHenry's service. Finally, he comments on the alliance with France.
Dates: 1778 May 17

George Washington (Valley Forge) letter to Benjamin Rush (Yorktown), 1778 January 12

 Item — Box 2: Series 1, Folder: 5
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents Washington acknowledges the receipt of Rush's letter, and regrets the defects of the medical department, as Rush and Gov. Livingston have described them. Washington reports that he has taken measures to have the hospitals inspected and considered regulations regarding them. Includes a separate invitation for Rush to dine with the ?Washington.
Dates: 1778 January 12

James McHenry (York Island, Fort Washington) letter to Benjamin Rush (n. p.), 1776 November 2

 Item — Box 1: Series 1, Folder: 10
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents McHenry details reforms required within the Army's medical department and makes recommendations for restructuring of general and regimental hospitals, controlling fraud in the commissaries, increasing the numbers of nurses and surgeons, and improving the distribution of medicine.
Dates: 1776 November 2

Nathanael Greene (n. p.) letter to Benjamin Rush (n. p.), 1777 May 3

 Item — Box 1: Series 1, Folder: 5
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents Greene writes of his support for Rush's recommendations regarding best methods for preserving the health of the Army. He suggests they print a pamphlet on the topic, to make adoption of the recommendations more likely. He comments on Congress' regulation of hospitals.
Dates: 1777 May 3