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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patient may depend: say the least, he does

great injustice to those who place themselves under his care. How often do we see a strong man faint from the lass of a few ounces of blood; and another of apparently feeble constitution lose a much larger quantity without the same effect being produced: therefore I think that no certain rule can be established as to the amount of blood to be abstracted in any disease –

It is insisted on by D. Marshall Hall that a patient labouring under inflammation, will bear the loss of a much larger quantity with- out becoming faint, than could be born in health. He says “that the state of the [illegible] [illegible] produced by the presence of inflammation protects it from ordinary consequences of loss of blood” – I shall next notice some of the diseases to which blood-letting is appli- cable as a therapeutical agent. It is in the treatment of inflammatory diseases above all

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