Directions for Preserving the Health of Soldiers 1778, Dr. Benjamin Rush. This small pamphlet was published in 1778 and written by Dr. Benjamin Rush for the Board of War. It contains information about dress, diet, cleanliness, encampments, and exercise. 8 pages, stitched binding. Even though this pamphlet was written over 200 years ago, many of these suggestions are suprisingly modern. Of course, others are frightening.