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July 26, 1913


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University BALTIMORE

JAMA. 1913;61(4):268-271. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350040034015

On the very suggestion of the word "transfusion" one's imagination immediately conjures up an individual clinging desperately to a life that has been all but snatched from him as a result of accidental hemorrhage, postoperative hemorrhage or one of those tragic depletions that not infrequently occur in the course of certain well-recognized conditions, such as extrauterine pregnancy, gastric ulcer, etc. And there is ample justification for this; transfusion is at present an emergency operation—an operation to which one resorts with relative infrequency and only when the patient is in the direst straits. The brilliant results that have been achieved despite the unpromising conditions under which we perform it are proof. if proof be needed, of its helpfulness.

I was recently reviewing my records and was forcibly impressed with the number of transfusions which I had performed, not as emergency operations, but for the relief of various other conditions. I analyzed