“The human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject, till it has first reached the extremity of error.” – Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral & Philosophical (147)
The above quote was written in 1798 by one of the newly-founded United States’ leading citizens. Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia physician, educator, politician and reformer was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and founded Dickinson College. I cite him now for his medical reputation. One of the premier physicians of his day, he founded the American psychiatry tradition, publishing the first textbook on the subject. His contributions to the field of medical science are still influential to this day.