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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in many other instances we are abound to do; that it is more easy to advise than dis- -criminate. In these cases though we bleed even to syncope, in a few ours reation will come on presenting nearly the same train of symptoms as before the bleeding –

What then is to be done, shall we repeat the operation as long as it is followed by reaction? Such a practice would I think prove not only dangerous, but often fatal to the patient. A far safer plan would be to bleed to the extent of reducing the force of the pulse. I think we shall seldom find it necessary to repeat the operation more than once; especially if its good effects be aided by the use of other depleting remedies as cathartics, etc. We have high authority for the administration of opium in full doses in the state of reaction following blood-letting.

Of the many inflammatory affections in Which blood-letting is useful, I shall only

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