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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proper channel, that the first steps have been taken towards the determination of this interesting inquiry.

From the desultory facts thus obtained have originated the most curious investigations given the physiologist to purse; and by the discoveries and indefatigable labors of prof. Coste in the assemblage of these facts, and in the demonstration of their reciprocal bearing with one another, this part of physiology has truly been elevated to the dignity of a science.

The name Organogeny* or the science of organisation has been assigned to this subject. The great and thrilling interest which it is now exciting finds its explanation in the truths which it is destined to reveal, and the position it must subsequently occupy with reference to the study of Physiology.

Where, indeed, can we better search for the mysterious operations of that principle called the vital force, than where they are first awakened in matter; impressing an amorphous fluid with the primitive trace of organisation, and converting it into the permanent substratum of life? By the happy application of the

  • This word is derived from [Greek word], an organ & [Greek word], to produce. A knowledge of the manner in which the organs of the embryo are produced.

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