Manuscripts and Archives of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Alexander Rush papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 2/243

Dates

  • 1812 – 1984 (Creation)
  • 1931 – 1984 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1 Linear feet (Whole)
    3 boxes and 1 oversize folder

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Notes

  • Separated materials - oversize

    Flat file no. 1, drawer 3

    Contents: 3 certificates/diplomas

  • Biographical / Historical

    Alexander Rush, Philadelphia gastroenterologist was born on 29 October 1910. He was a great great grandson of physician Benjamin Rush. Alexander Rush married Carol Smith in 1945; they had two daughters, Mary Wheeler Rush Purdy and Alexandra H. Rush Domingues. Rush died of leukemia on 24 October 1983.

    Rush received a B.A. from Princeton University, 1932, and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, 1936. After an internship at Pennsylvania Hospital and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Chicago, Rush, in 1941, joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and held several posts in the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, becoming Assistant Professor in Medicine, Associate in Gastroenterology, and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. He became an Emeritus Professor in 1978.

    In 1939, Rush joined the staff of Pennsylvania Hospital and was chief of its Department of Gastroenterology, 19551974. He was also president of the medical staff, 19721976, and gastroenterologist and medical director of the hospital's Benjamin Franklin Clinic.

    Alexander Rush was elected to fellowship in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1947. He was also a member of the American College of Physicians, American Gastroenterological Association, and Philadelphia County Medical Society.

  • Scope and Contents

    This small collection of Alexander Rush's papers, 1931-1984, with some earlier material, documents his personal life, professional career, and interest in his ancestor, Benjamin Rush, and includes lectures and addresses, writings, awards, certificates, diplomas, and photographs.

    Series 1 contains letters, a passport, curricula vitae, bibliographies, and printed material concerning Rush's life and career, 1922-1984. Material, 1812-1981, concerning Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) is in Series 2. Included is a photocopy of Rush's will, 1812; correspondence concerning Rush and genealogical inquiries; photographs of the dedication of the Rush gravesite; and printed material.

    The bulk of the collection, Series 3, is a chronological sequence of Alexander Rush's public addresses, medical lectures, and radio broadcasts, 1947-1977. Many of the lectures concern gastrointestinal diseases and were part of the curriculum of postgraduate courses sponsored by the American College of Physicians. Other subjects include the Benjamin Franklin Clinic of Pennsylvania Hospital and Benjamin Rush.

    Typescripts with related material for several of Alexander Rush's published articles, 1945-1982, are in Series 4. Several of these articles concern gastrointestinal diseases. Awards, certificates, and diplomas, 1936-1984, from Rush's professional career are in Series 5. Series 6 contains four photographs, 1931-1970.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    This collection of Alexander Rush's papers were donated to the Historical Collections of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia by Carol Rush on 13 December 1991.

    The collection was processed and catalogued in 1992.

  • Inventory

    Box Ser.

    1 1 BIOGRAPHICAL, 1922-1984

    1. Biographical and personal (2 folders) 1931-1983 2. Obituaries (1 folder) 1983-1984 3. Genealogy (1 folder) [ca. 1979] 4. Newsclippings (1 folder) 1922-1976

    2 BENJAMIN RUSH (1746-1813), 1812-1981

    1. Last will and testament of Benjamin Rush, M.D., 1812 Jan. 18 [negative photocopy] (1 folder) 1812 2. Correspondence (1 folder) 1963-1981 3. Photographs of Benjamin Rush grave dedication, [1965 Apr. 19?] (4 items) [1965?] 4. Printed material (1 folder) 1959-1977

    3 LECTURES, ADDRESSES, AND BROADCASTS, 1947-1977

    1. Bacillary and salmonella infections : A.C.P. Postgraduate Course 10, [Philadelphia, Pa.?], 1947 Nov. 24 (1 folder) 1947 2. Cancer of the stomach : medical aspects : Clearfield County Medical Society, [Clearfield, Pa.?], 1948 Apr. 15; includes draft (1 folder) 1948 3. Massive bleeding from peptic ulcer : clinical appraisal and medical management : A.C.P. Postgraduate Course (Gastroenterology), [Philadelphia, Pa.?], 1950 Dec. (1 folder) 1950 4. Functional disorders of the digestive tract : Burlington County Medical Society, [Burlington, N.J.?], 1951 Oct. 11 (1 folder) 1951 5. Medical emergencies of the gastrointestinal tract : massive hemorrhage : A.C.P. Postgraduate Course 6, [Philadelphia, Pa.?], 1953 May 11; includes draft (1 folder) 1953 6. Viral hepatitis : University of Pennsylvania, [Philadelphia, Pa.],1954 Apr. 3 (1 folder) 1954

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    1 3 7. Acute pancreatitis : University of Pennsylvania. Graduate School of Medicine. Symposium on the Acute Abdomen, [Philadelphia, Pa.], 1954 Sept. 23; includes notes (1 folder) 1954 8. Disease of the stomach : neoplasm, differentiation of benign and malignant ulcer : Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania. Commission on Graduate Education. Graduate Course in Gastroenterology, 1955 Apr. 14; includes draft (1 folder) 1955 9. Problems in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract : gastric ulcer : A.C.P. Clinics, Pennsylvania Hospital, [Philadelphia, Pa.], 1955 Apr. 26; includes draft (1 folder) 1955 10. Discussion : A.C.P. Clinics, Jefferson Hospital, [Philadelphia, Pa.], 1955 Apr. 28 (1 folder) 1955 11. Gastro intestinal disease in clinic practice : Philadelphia County Medical Society. Postgraduate Institute (20th), [Philadelphia, Pa.?], 1956 Apr. 11; includes drafts (1 folder) 1956 12. Differential diagnosis of jaundice : American Academy of General Practice. Postgraduate Course, Philadelphia, Pa., 1956 Nov. 4, and Allentown, Pa., 1956 Nov. 15 (1 folder) 1956 13. Pancreatitis acute and recurrent : A.C.P. Course 6, [Philadelphia, Pa.?], 1956 Dec. 5 (1 folder) 1956 2 14. A glimpse into the B[enjamin] F[ranklin] C[linic, Philadelphia, Pa., 1956?]; includes printed material, 1948-1963 (1 folder) 1948-1963 15. Dr. Benjamin Rush : Dickinson College. Founders' Day, Carlisle, Pa., 1957 May 2 (1 folder) 1957 16. Medical emergencies of the gastro intestinal tract : massive hemorrhage, 1957 June 26 (1 folder) 1957 17. Management of bleeding peptic ulcer, 1962 Oct. (1 folder) 1962 18. Acute pancreatitis and Diverticulosis, diverticulitis and malignancy : Wyoming Valley Hospital. Postgraduate Program, Wilkes Barre, Pa., 1963 Oct. 16; includes notes (1 folder) 1963 19. Diverticulosis, diverticulitis and malignancy and The irritable colon : Delaware Academy of General Practice, Wilmington, Del., 1964 Sept. 16 (1 folder) 1964

    Box Ser.

    2 3 20. Pain in the back from abdominal visceral disease : American Medical Association. Clinical Convention, Philadelphia, Pa., 1965 Dec. 1; includes draft (1 folder) 1965 21. Complications of gastric surgery : Pennsylvania Hospital Radio Seminar, [Philadelphia, Pa.], 1967 Mar. 28; includes draft (1 folder) 1967 22. Brief remarks concerning Dr. Benjamin Rush : University of Pennsylvania. Commencement Bicentennial, Philadelphia, Pa., 1975 May 18; includes draft and printed material (1 folder) 1975 23. Some reflections on medical education in America today : Rush University, Chicago, Ill., 1976 Sept. 14; includes draft, correspondence, newsclippings, and printed material, 1976-1977 (1 folder) 1976-1977 24. Gastric ulcer : benign and malignant, [n.d.] (1 folder) [n.d.]

    4 WRITINGS, 1945-1982

    1. Denhoff, Eric, and Rush, Alexander. Helminth disease in American soldiers : typescript, [23 p., ca. 1945]; includes letter (1 folder) [ca. 1945] 2. Schreiter, William F., and Rush, Alexander. Residential treatment of emotionally disturbed children : typescript, 16 p., [1956] (1 folder) [1956] 3. Rush, Alexander. Amoebiasis : an analysis of the cases of intestinal infestation with e. histolytica uncovered among 6000 patients examined at the Benjamin Franklin Clinic of the Pennsylvania Hospital : typescript, 7 p., [1960] (1 folder) [1960] 4. [Rush, Alexander]. Irritable colon syndrome : holograph notes, [8 p., 1963?]; includes reprint (1 folder) [1963?] 5. [Rush, Alexander]. Pain in the back as a symptom of abdominal visceral disease : typescript, 10 p., [1966?]; includes letters, drafts, and notes, 1965-1966 (1 folder) 1965-1966 6. Rush, Alexander. The Medical Club or Club of 19 : in continuous existence since 1867 : typescript, 29 p., 1967 (1 folder) 1967 7. [Rush, Alexander]. Peptic ulcer and Zollinger Ellison Syndrome : typescripts, 4 p. and 4 p., [1972?]; includes drafts and letters (1 folder) [1972?]

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    2 4 8. Rush, Alexander. The saga of the Pennsylvania Hospital aquatint : typescript, 10 p., 1975 Nov. 11; includes draft, correspondence, and photographs, 1975-1982 (1 folder) 1975-1982 9. [Rush, Alexander]. Benjamin Rush : he aimed well : typescript, [4 p., n.d.]; includes drafts (1 folder) [n.d.] 10. [Rush, Alexander]. The Pennsylvania Hospital in action : or what happens when an acute emergency in admitted to the hospital : typescript, [9 p., n.d.] (1 folder) [n.d.] 3 5 AWARDS, CERTIFICATES, AND DIPLOMAS, 1936-1984

    1. University of Pennsylvania. M.D. diploma, 1936 June 10 (1 item) 1936 OV 2. Pennsylvania. Department of Public Instruction. License to practice medicine and surgery, 1939 Mar. 2 (1 item) 1939 OV 3. College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Fellowship certificate, 1947 Apr. 2 (1 item) 1947 OV 4. American Board of Internal Medicine. Certificate, 1950 Oct. 28 (1 item) 1950 5. American Gastroenterological Association. Membership certificate, 1956 Apr. 26 (1 item) 1956 6. American College of Physicians. Fellowship certificate, 1957 Apr. 10 (1 item) 1957 7. Dickinson College. Life Trustee certificate, 1981 May 15 (1 item) 1981 8. Pennsylvania Hospital. Ex Residents Association. Jacob Ehrenzeller Award, 1984 May 18 (1 item) 1984 9. University of Pennsylvania. Graduate School of Medicine. Bockus Alumni International Society of Gastroenterology. Faculty member certificate, [n.d.] (1 item) [n.d.] 10. Collegium Chirurgicum Caninum Americanum. Certificate, [n.d.] (1 item) [n.d.]

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    3 6 PHOTOGRAPHS, 1931-1970 1. Alexander Rush, head and shoulders, Kimball, [n.p.] : sepia print mounted, 4.5" x 3", [ca. 1931] (1 item) [ca. 1931] 2. Pennsylvania Hospital resident staff, [Philadelphia, Pa.] : bw print (2 copies), 8" x 10", 1937 (2 items) 1937 3. Alexander Rush at Pennsylvania Hospital, [Philadelphia, Pa.] : bw print, 7" x 9", 1970 Dec. (1 item) 1970

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