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March 20, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(12):870-871. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670380060018

A surgeon recently remarked that, although blood transfusion belongs to the newer advances in medicine and surgery, it no longer is a physiologic experiment the success of which depends on "the gymnastics of blood vessel surgery." The experience gained during the last decade in the transfer of the "viable fluid tissue" from a healthy donor to a recipient patient as a therapeutic procedure has placed it among the restorative and protective measures of the highest importance. The records of these earlier years furnish an illuminating story of the evolution of experimental technic into a method that now finds successful application to increasingly large numbers of persons. Some of the difficulties of the direct transfer of blood from person to person are obvious. In addition to the fact that the donor needs to be in the vicinity of the patient, the ever threatening possibility of objectionable clotting in unmodified blood has

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