"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship...to restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-american and despotic and have no place in a republic...The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom".
- Benjamin Rush, M.D.
signer of the Declaration of Independence,
Physician to George Washington
(from the autobiography of Benjamin Rush)