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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I come now to a part of my subject on which a diversity of opinion exists among authors; I allude to the use of the lancet in fever.

And first of Intermittent Fever, a disease which may often be cut short by the use of some impressive remedy: for this purpose blood-letting is highly recommended by some writers. Dr. McIntosh advised its use in the cold stage, and says he has often arrested the disease, and even the existing paroxysm by it; the hot and sweating state not being developed. Of this practice I can say nothing from experience. If during the hot stage, the pulse be full and have attended with much local suffering; a moderate bleeding would seem not only prudent, but proper. But in ordinary cases it may be dispensed with; especially as we have other means of arresting the disease – With regard to the use of the lancet in Bilious Remittent, writers differ

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