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. This was a remarkable article entitled “Directions for Preserving the Health of Soldiers”
which was first printed in the Pennsylvania Packet
, 22 April 1777, signed “R.” It was reprinted as a pamphlet, with a long subtitle
and textual changes and additions, by order of the Board of War early in 1778 (Lancaster:
John Dunlap; Evans
16064). This brief but pioneering essay in military hygiene was reprinted again and
again until as late as 1908 and proved one of the most influential among all of Benjamin
Rush's voluminous writings. An annotated text will be found in Rush's Letters
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.