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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much blood will flow: if irritation, very little. But I cannot imagine that much pract- -ical information would be afforded by such a course; and would rather depend as usual, on the state of the pulse associ- -ated with other symptoms, as a means of diagnosis. As it is often desirable to produ- -ce a decided impression on the patient and disease, at the same time that the strength of the former is economics; much may be effected by the posture in which he is placed during the flow of blood. If the patient is placed in an upright position, the loss of a moderate quantity of blood will often produce as much effect upon the disease, as the withdrawal of a much larger quantity would, if taken from him in a recumbent posture. While the vital forces are thus spared, this system is left in a better condition for repairing the damages inflicted by the disease –

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