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August 20, 1910


Author Affiliations

Professor of Principles of Surgery and Clinical Surgery in the Medical College of Virginia; Surgeon to Memorial Hospital RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1910;55(8):663-664. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330080029015

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Transfusion of blood has been brought into prominence in the last few years as an emergency life-saving measure. This operation has been developed by Carrel, Guthrie, Crile and others to such a point as to render its performance quite satisfactory in the hands of an average surgeon who has done enough experimental work on the lower animals to perfect his operative technic. Its advantages have been so well demonstrated by clinical use that its position among surgical procedures is assured. In two kinds of cases it is particularly appropriate. The class of cases exsanguinated to such an extent that even when the volume of blood is increased by salt solution life cannot be maintained, can be saved only by transfusion of blood. The other group consists of patients who have been so enfeebled by disease that they cannot stand the operation necessary to cure them. Here transfusion of blood increases

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