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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sciences to the arts, our means of research have been so benefited, that by the use of the microscope, science is now able to extend the limits of her dominion, and to discover in matter about to individualize itself, the first steps of organisation. It is then in the wonderful phenomenon of reproduction; in the evolution of the ovum; that we find the realization of that abstract principle – a creative force, upon which rests the entire science of life. Here, under the testimony of occular demonstration, do we discard those theories which once perplexed and encumbered the history of generation, and which, at the end of the seventeenth century, we lear,, amounted to no fewer than three hundred. The doctrines of “preformation;” “metamorphosis;” “syngenesis;” etc; as so many modifications of the theory of “emboitement,” have all been reduced to their just value, in presence of the beautiful laws which now so liken this function to other processes of the economy, -- nutrition for example; while the discovery of an ovum in Mammalia and the human species has established the absolute contact of the semen and ovum, the procreative elements, as the predicate of fecundation.

Now before we detail those principles, which we will endeavor to show render legitimate our regarding them as the essential features of a growing science, it

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