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To the Editor:—
In the editorial "Transfusion of Blood and of Blood Substitutes" (The Journal, Nov. 8, 1941, p. 1627) you state that "Hustin of Belgium proposed in 1914 a method of collecting blood in a vessel containing an equal amount of a solution of 5 per cent dextrose in 9 per cent of sodium chloride and sodium citrate in the amount of 20 cc. for each hundred cubic centimeters of blood. The method was used on a rather large scale by the Entente forces during World War I."It is correct that Hustin was the first to try sodium citrate in blood transfusion. However, he thought that in order to prevent coagulation it was necessary to use strongly diluted blood. He mixed (Note sur une nouvelle methode de transfusion,Bull. Soc. roy. d. Sc. méd. de Bruxelles72:104 [April 6] 1914) 150 cc. of blood with 150 cc.
Lewisohn R. TRANSFUSION OF BLOOD AND BLOOD SUBSTITUTES. JAMA. 1941;117(23):2000. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820490074026