Theodorus Augustus Raw
Dissertatio innauguralis Medica Systens Panthemata Infantum ex Difficili Dentitione
The Pathology of Difficult Teething of Infants. 1719
To understand the dissertation entitled Dissertatio innauguralis Medica Systens Panthemata Infantum ex Difficili Dentitione, one has to understand the process of the medieval doctoral defense. The professor's lecture notes during a course at the university were distributed to students in the doctoral class in the form of condensed questions and each doctoral candidate had to respond to those questions in writing, identifying what they understood from the course material. In effect, this was the open-book written exam at the end of a doctoral course. The 12-page dissertation contains written answers of the doctoral students and was printed and distributed to professors, invited guests, the entire senate and to the student's friends and classmates who were invited to the festive oral defense, a necessary step before the doctoral degree was awarded. The event described in this thesis took place on July 10, 1719 and it was festive and took place in the aula of the university. The thesis advisor was Rau (Raw), Theodorus Augustus. The topic of discussion was “The Pathology of Difficult Teething of Infants”. The defense took place in the city of Ulm (Swabia, today Bavaria, Germany), but in Medieval time and in Latin the city was called Ulma-Suevus.
The publisher was Frederici Ludii Acad, in Basel.
Edititorial notes by Andrew I Spielman.
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