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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others, that bleeding may be ranked at the head of our list of remedial agents –

In cases of acute inflammation, when the pulse and other symptoms indicate the necessity for blood-letting, it should be resorted to early: in fact it is in the first stage of the disease that bleeding may be considered the cure; before any considerable disorganization of structure has taken place and while there is yet hop of terminating the disease by resolution. If on the other hand the disease be allowed to run its course unchecked for a considerable time, much caution is then req- -uired in the use of the remedy: as it may become not only useless, but positively injur- -ious. In resorting to blood-letting in inflamma- -tion, we should be governed by the state of the pulse, the degree of inflammation, the im- -portance of the organ affected; also by the age, sex and general condition of the patient. In diseases of this character, the blood should

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