Shane Neilson

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Shane Neilson is a poet from New Brunswick. The work in this issue is taken from Shane’s ms Medical Inquiries and Observations Upon Theories of the Mind, which is in turn taken from Dr. Benjamin Rush’s 19th-century seminal psychiatric textbook of the same name. Dr. Rush was a co-signator of the Declaration of Independence and is also known as “The American Father of Psychiatry.” Despite a turn away from the use of leeches by Rush’s contemporaries, Rush insisted on the benefits of bleeding the mad and, on the rare occasion, he bled them to death.

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