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To the Editor:
—Noting your article on methods of blood transfusion (Therapeutics, The Journal, June 17, 1916, p. 1923), may I call attention to the advantages of the Abelmann syringe method which you illustrate? This simple instrument makes it possible for one operator to transfuse blood with certainty and ease. I have performed over a thousand blood transfusions, without any assistance whatsoever. The apparatus is also admirably adapted for administering salvarsan. With all my transfusion work, I have had no fatalities and during the past year have had no alarming symptoms develop as the result of administering incompatible blood. The biologic test for blood incompatibility developed by this method is more delicate and reliable than the laboratory tests, and can be made in a few minutes. The blood is taken at chosen intervals, giving such measured quantities as the condition warrants. The results obtained in treating certain chronic conditions in
Abelmann HW. Blood Transfusion Apparatus. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(2):142-143. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590020058023