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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of one part will produce consecutive derangement in other parts. Digestion is subservient to the circulation, nutrition, secretion, etc. This relevancy or mutual subservieancy of organs is beautifully and forcibly illustrated in the interdependency of the Heart and Lungs, both in a normal and anormal state.

 The wellbeing of every part of the animal economy depends upon its being duly supplied with oxygenized or arterial blood, and relieved of that which has become venous: and this supply of pabulum, and relief from that which has become effete, depends upon the healthful action of the Heart and Lungs. The later organ is the great laboratory in which the chemical change is wrought in the blood- its conversion from venous to arterial: and the former the central hydraulic machine which propels

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