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A Blood Transfusion Service
The British Red Cross Society has just issued a report on its remarkable transfusion service, which from a small beginning in 1921 has developed rapidly. Its origin was a request to the Camberwell (London borough) division of the society for a blood donor for an emergency case. Four members volunteered, but, before the transfusion could take place, the patient died. Opportunity was taken to prepare a list of members prepared to volunteer for future cases, and about a score gave in their names. In 1922 a further request was received for a patient in Guy's Hospital, and four members gave their services at fortnightly intervals. Other hospitals learned of the volunteers, and by the end of the year thirteen transfusions had taken place. In 1923 a further twelve donors had been applied for and supplied, and in 1924 the number had increased to sixty-two. It became
LONDON. JAMA. 1927;89(25):2127-2128. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690250049019