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May 3, 1941


Author Affiliations

Philadelphia. Associate Professor of Pathology, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1941;116(18):2101-2102. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180107021

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To the Editor: —  The editorial "The Record of a Blood Donor" that appeared in the February 1 issue of The Journal concerns a subject of more than passing interest to me. As one of the physicians who attended Rose Marie Ryan (the niece of Mrs. McMullin) I am acquainted with the intimate details of the early use of Mrs. McMullin as a donor. We have watched the rising tide of publicity about the "golden blood" of Mrs. McMullin with amazement at the credulity of the public and many of our profession. I am sure that you, and the medical profession in general, would be interested in some early details of this affair.Rose Marie Ryan, aged 3 years, had a superficial infection (pustule) on the right knee which progressed in severity despite conservative local therapy. Five days later, with a high fever (104 F. axillary), localized pain in the back and stiffness of the neck muscles and irritability suggesting meningitis, she was sent to Hahnemann Hospital on Aug. 8, 1935, under the care of her family physician, Dr. Maxwell White. The clinical signs suggesting meningitis were denied by a negative spinal

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