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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select a few as examples. In Pleuritis, imme- -diate relief is obtained by it from [illegible] pain and cough; while the progress of the disease is almost as certainly arrested: provided the remedy be used in the onset of the disease – In acute Hepatitis it is one of the most important remedies –

In Phrenitis our chief reliance is placed on bleeding, early and freely resorted to.

In the examples about cited, I refer to cases in which no doubt exists as to the nature and seat of the disease: but cases are often met with in which the diagnosis is more obscure, and by such, even the most skillful Physician may be mislead. Dr. Marshall Hall, who has devoted much attention to this subject, proposes blood-letting as a means of diagnosis in doubtful cases. He says, “place the patient in an upright Posture, and bleed until symptoms of syncope appear; if there be inflammation

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