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 bloodletting

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Bloodletting

In this brief essay I propose to notice some of the evils as well as many of the advanta- ges which result from bloodletting.

Before commencing which it may be as well to make a few remarks upon the uses of the blood, which may be consider- ed the most important fluid in the animal economy: that through the agency of which, Nutrition, secretion, and all the important functions of the body are carried on. If thru blood be the very “pabulum of life,” certainly its abstraction cannot be a matter of indifference to the constitution. The abstraction of blood for the cure of various diseases can be traced back to an early period in the history of Medicine: and at the present day there is perhaps no remedial agent which admits of a more extended use –

But while I look upon blood-letting as one of the most important remedies for the

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