A bogus Benjamin Rush quote: contribution to the history of pharmacracy

@article{Szasz2005ABB,
  title={A bogus Benjamin Rush quote: contribution to the history of pharmacracy},
  author={T. Szasz},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={16},
  pages={89 - 98}
}
  • T. Szasz
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • History of Psychiatry
Benjamin Rush (1746–1813), the ‘father’ of American psychiatry, is perhaps best known as the inventor of the ‘tranquilizing chair’. In recent decades, political and psychiatric activists have attributed a quotation to him in which he allegedly warned: ‘To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science.’ The source of this quotation cannot be found, and Rush’s remarks about ‘medical despotism’ are inconsistent… Expand
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