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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be drawn from a large orifice, in order to produce a speedy effect upon the system; and allow- -ed to flow until the pulse yields, or a tendency to syncope is induced –

Much care is necessary in the use of this important remedy in this class of diseases, in the first place it is proper that the abstraction of blood be carried far enough to subdue the disease: for if this effect be not produced, the inflammation though modera- ted will still go on and probably assume a chronic form; when our task becomes more difficult. On the other hand we must avoid running into the opposite extreme of undue blood-letting: always keeping in mind, that for the purpose of repairing the injuries caused by the disease, a due quantity of healthy blood is required.

But how it may be asked are we to know when the remedy has been carried to a suffi- -cient extent: and here I must confess, as

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