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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relief and prevention of disease, I think there is none which has been more abused both in and out of the Profession, it is often unnecessarily resorted to, and it is matter of [illegible] that no one injury does not result from its indiscriminate use. It is a common believe, (though happily for the most part confined to the ignorant) that blood letting is often necessary during health, in order to prevent too great an accumulation of blood in the system – Thus by the too frequent repetition of the remedy, a habit is acquired, which like other bad habits it is often difficult to correct. The “vital fluid” is of too much importance in the animal economy, to be thus drained off, without regard to the state of the pulse or general condition of the person. But when we consider the wonderful powers of accommodation with which the hum constitution is endowed

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