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August 13, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(7):569-570. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330070023008

In a previous paper, dealing with the transfusion of blood in the human species, we presented a summary of the literature on this subject and a description of both the old and modern methods of performing transfusion. At the present time, the method in vogue in the performance of this operation is the direct junction of the vessels either by suture or some mechanical appliance. We intend to discuss only certain features pertaining to the operation and we offer this preliminary report, which is based on the development of a new technic, under three heads: (1) the advantages of the vein-to-vein method of performing transfusion over the arteriovenous method; (2) the indications for employing transfusion; (3) the contraindications to transfusion.

I. ADVANTAGES  The artery-to-vein method has been advocated in the last few years by investigators of the subject, notably by Crile. Anastomosis of the vessels is established either by means

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