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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active remedies are not often necessary.

The tendency to variation in this disease is shown not only in different seasons, but at different periods of the same season, [illegible] [illegible] no invariable course of treatment should be advised. I think on the whole the lancet may be very well dispensed with in the majority of cases of fever as they occur in our southern climate: yet if the patient be robust, if there is much local suffering during the exacerbation; and if the pulse is full and hard, a moderate bleeding will often be of great service, especially if resorted to early –

I will mention what seems to me a very important objection to this remedy in fever viz the great prostration which it often produ- -des, while the disease is not always weakened in a corresponding degree: and this added to the real as well as apparent dibility caused by the disease, seems often to protract rather than curtail it. But the evil does not end

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