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(1775 - 1783)

Pennsylvania Hospital took care of both Continental and British soldiers, endured the exile of four of its prominent Quaker Board members, and suffered financially for years to come. A member of the hospital's medical staff who went on to be the best known physician in America -- Dr. Benjamin Rush -- wrote a definitive treatise on military medicine which served the nation until the Civil War. With characteristic zeal, Dr. Rush made his case against the human waste resulting from preventable disease. He spoke of:

The gallant youth ... torn ... from the arms of his parents or the partner of his joys, who has plighted his life to his country ... forced from the scene of action and glory, by the attack of fever and obliged to languish for days or weeks in a hospital, and at last closes his eyes, deprived of the sweet consolation of a dying soldier, the thoughts of ending his life in the arms of victory ....

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