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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familiar examples of which are seen in the use of Tobacco, Ardent spirits, Opium, etc. we need not wonder that it accommodates itself to the loss of blood.

I cannot believe that Nature ever designed that there should be an excess of blood in the system. But as disease consists in irregular as well as increased action, it often becomes necessary in its cure to reduce the vital forces. For the accomplishment of this, we have no more effectual and certain means than bleeding. But like some of the most potent articles of the Materia Med- -ica, “its power is great from evil as well as good: and in rash or inexperienced hands it too often becomes an instrument of fatal mischief” – The several methods of abstract- ing blood, may be divided into general and local blood-letting. Vivisection and [illegible] are the modes commonly resorted to in general blood-letting; the

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