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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[illegible] respiration, especially if attended with an excited state of circulation.

Perhaps one of the most important effects of bleeding is the general relaxation which it produces: thus the action of medicines is promoted, especially Cathartics and Dia -phoretics. To the Surgeon this state of relaxation becomes of great importance, especially in the reduction of Hernia, dislocated joints, etc. To the [illegible] it may often be of great service in cases of difficult labour.

As it is my purpose to suggest substitutes for this valuable remedy, I would mention

that we are possessed of other means for producing

a temporary relaxation, without the risk of more permanent weakness: as by the use of opium, Tart. [illegible], the warm bath, etc. With regard to the extent to which blood letting should be carried, much depends upon the nature of the disease, as well as upon the age, sex, and constitution of the patient. –

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