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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widely; some Physicians always [illegible] the occurrence of inflammation in some vital organ, advise its use in almost all cases, as though the remedy if it did no good, could at least do no harm.

Among the most strenuous advocates for blood-letting in fever is Southwood Smith, who relies almost entirely on this remedy, and indeed scarcely advises any other. But we must not unhesitatingly condemn a practice so strongly urged by such men as Smith, Rush, and others celebrated in this day. But let us first consider that disease like every thing else is constantly liable to change: and that our treatment must vary accordingly. If I am not mistaken, the object had in view by these writers, has been to cut short the disease in its first stage. But we can- -not hope in this type of fever, as in the Intermittent form, to arrest the disease specifically

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