Waring Historical Library Inaugural Theses

The 1,858 inaugural medical theses in the Waring Historical Library collection are, in the words of John Harley Warner, "one of the finest extant collections of antebellum American medical theses."

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On the interdependency of the heart and lungs


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The Interdependency of the Heart and Lungs. The study of man as an organic being presents a theme of deep interest and instruction. To the philosopher, intellectual and natural, what an exhibition of the combined workings of mind and matter! what a display of the varied principles of mechanism! To the theologian what a clean and convincing demonstration of the design of unerring wisdom: of the adaptation of means to an end! And above all, to the medical man the study of his own organism, their functions, and relationships should be his Alpha and Omega. In short it is the foundation upon which medical science is reared, and without it, we can be nothing but Charlatans and quacks. His organs perform their functions with exactness and relative dependency, like the various parts of a well regulated machine: and consequently derangement

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