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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here, the patient thus enfeebled is very liable to relapse, or at any rate he recovers slowly –

It seems to me much better to economise the strength of the patient as far as practica- -ble by substituting the cold bath (when not specially contra-indicated) for blood-letting, and a moderate use of Cathartics and diaphor- -etics – I might mention other forms of fever in the treatment of which blood-letting is highly recommended. It will be seen that I have laid much stress on the condition of the pulse as indicating the necessity for blood- -letting; yet I am bound to confess that though the best guide yet discovered: it is by no means a certain one, and like every general rule, has its exceptions A very good exception is found in the disease called del- -irium Tremers, have, although the pulse would seem to indicate the necessity for bleeding; yet the remedy is almost certain to do harm.

Dr. Buckler (of Baltimore) proposes the applica

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