Original Linnaean Dissertations

Respondent: Sven Anders Hedin (1750–1821)

Title: Fraga vesca ...

Date of Defense: 26 May 1772

Paginations: [iv], [1], 2-13, [1]

Lidén Title: Fraga vesca.

Soulsby Title: Fraga

Drake Title: Fraga Vesca.


Abstract: On the medical usefulness of strawberries (Fragaria vesca L.) in the treatment of gout, based largely on Linnaeus' favorable findings when so treating himself in the summers of 1750 and 1751.

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Respondent: Johan Lindwall (1743–1796)

Title: Observationes in Materiam medicam, ...

Date of Defense: 5 June 1772

Paginations: [ii], [1], 2-8

Lidén Title: Observationes in materiam medicam.

Soulsby Title: Obs. mat. med.

Drake Title: Observationes in Materiam Medicam.


Abstract: A compendium on the medicinal and pharmacological uses of the enumerated species of plants, to which is appended a second listing of species of only putative therapeutic value. Linnaeus supported in this thesis the opinion that medicinal qualities of plants often are correlated with a group of species having common botanical affinities.

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Respondent: Christian Ernst Boecler (1742–1800)

Title: De Suturis Vulnerum in genere ...

Date of Defense: 27 June 1772

Paginations: [ii], [1], 4-21, [1]

Lidén Title: Suturae vulnerum.

Soulsby Title: Sutur. vuln.

Drake Title: Suturis Vulnerum in Genere.

Note: One copy has [iv] preliminary pages, not [ii].

Abstract: On the different methods of sewing up wounds.

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Respondent: Johan Hornborg (1750 – ?)

Title: Planta cimicifuga, ...

Date of Defense: { } September 1774

Paginations: [ii], [1], 2-10, 1 plate

Lidén Title: Planta cimicifuga.

Soulsby Title: Cimicifuga

Drake Title: Planta Cimicifuga.

Note: One copy lacks day.

Abstract: A medico-botanical account of the genus Cimicifuga L. (Ranunculaceae), and especially of the Eurasian species.

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Respondent: Petrus Holmberger (1745–1807)

Title: ... de Esca Avium Domesticarum, ...

Date of Defense: {26} November 1774

Paginations: [ii], [1], 2-15

Lidén Title: Esca avium domesticarum.

Soulsby Title: Esca avium

Drake Title: Esca Avium Domesticarum.

Note: One copy has day supplied in manuscript and corrections on p. 15 which have been incorporated in the 1785

Abstract: An account of the results of experiments directed to ascertain what kinds and numbers of insects and seeds are eaten by poultry.

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Respondent: Johan Adolph Dahlgren (1744–1797)

Title: ... de Maro ...

Date of Defense: 3 December 1774

Paginations: [ii], [1], 4-18

Lidén Title: Marum.

Soulsby Title: Marum

Drake Title: De Maro.


Abstract: On the medicinal properties of the Mediterranean shrub Teucrium marum L. (Labiatae).

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Respondent: Daniel Wickman (1741–1800)

Title: ... de Viola Ipecacuanha, ...

Date of Defense: 16 December 1774

Paginations: [iii], [1], 5-12

Lidén Title: Viola Ipecacuanhae.

Soulsby Title: Viola ipecac.

Drake Title: Viola Ipecacuanha.


Abstract: A dissertation on the medical use and botany of ipecac root, Hybanthus ipecacuana.

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Respondent: Jacob Alm (1754–1821)

Title: Plantae Surinamenses, ...

Date of Defense: 23 June 1775

Paginations: [ii], [1], 4-18, 1 plate

Lidén Title: Plantae surinamenses.

Soulsby Title: Pl. Surin.

Drake Title: Plantae Surinamenses.


Abstract: An account of a collection of herbarium specimens of Surinam (Dutch Guiana) plants, given to Linnaeus by Sweden's King Gustavus III. Many of the new species were later included by Carl von Linné fil. in his Supplementum plantarum systematis vegetabilium (1781),

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Respondent: Johan Peter Westring (1753–1833)

Title: ... de Ledo palustri, ...

Date of Defense: 25 October 1775

Paginations: [ii], [1], 2-18

Lidén Title: Ledum palustre.

Soulsby Title: Ledum

Drake Title: De Ledo Palustri.


Abstract: An essay on the botany and history, as well as the medicinal and pharmacological properties, associated with the shrub of northern bogs, Ledu palustre L. (Ericaceae), noting that its aromatic odor is offensive to most insects and herbivorous animals and reporting its alleged effectiveness in the treatment of leprosy in Kamtschatka.

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Respondent: Georg Eberhard Georgii (1755–1816)

Title: Opium, ...

Date of Defense: 15 November 1775

Paginations: [ii], [1], 2-17, [1]

Lidén Title: Opium.

Soulsby Title: Opium

Drake Title: Opium.


Abstract: A medical essay on the properties and medicinal uses of opium, based substantially on a 1757 study by Balthsar Ludwig Tralles (1708-1797).

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