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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Organogeny or the science of organisation


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Organogony or the science of organization; by Middleton Michel, MD.

The tendency of the mind to search for the proximate cause of the origin of all things, has, on some occasions, seduced the physiologist from the province of his empirical science, to wander through the intricate and mysterious theories of a psychological philosophy.

Convinced that he must content himself with but an imperfect knowledge of those organic operations which constitute the phenomena of life, unless he be acquainted with that occult force, which under favorable conditions, destroys the “static” equilibrium of matter, endowing it potentially with its ultimate and specific form; he has, by his misdirected endeavors to rob Nature of one of her greatest secrets inadvertently retarded the profess of his captivating science.

In this inquiries which have been instituted with the view of determining the relations between the vital force and the soul__the vis|anime, the former has been so nearly allied to the latter, that

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