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To the Editor:
—In your answer to the inquiry of M. Y. D. regarding blood transfusion in The Journal, Nov. 25, 1916, it was stated that "in November, 1666, accorrding to the diary of Samuel Pepys, blood transfusion from one dog to another was performed." I should like to amplify your perfectly correct quotation for the benefit of M. Y. D. and others interested in the subject.It was in February, 1665, that Richard Lower, while working in Thomas Willis' laboratory at Oxford, transfused blood from one animal to another. Lower was "that expert anatomist" who had assisted Willis in his dissections of the brain and had drawn, with Christopher Wren, the later famous architect, some of the remarkable plates for Willis' celebrated book "Cerebri Anatome." It is thought that Wren first suggested the transfusion experiments following some infusion experiments which he had done in the Oxford laboratory. Lower's demonstrations
Viets H. Blood Transfusion. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(6):480-481. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020144020