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Benjamin Rush, M.D.

Author/Artist: Dodson, R. W.

Type: Pamphlet

Topic: Portrait

Portrait of Benjamin Rush, M.D.

Born outside of Philadelphia, Benjamin Rush was a physician, educator, surgeon general of the Continental army, and signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

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