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From a clinical standpoint the question of the normal life-duration of red blood-corpuscles is chiefly of interest on account of its bearing upon transfusion of blood. As is well-known, the lamented Panum made the first direct attempt to ascertain the life-duration of transplanted corpuscles, but by a method which was both crude and laborious—though he found that the red corpuscles were capable of living at least five days after transfusion, and that their life-duration was probably longer. Twelve years after Panum's experiments Worm-Müller found by experiment that the longest possible life-duration of corpuscles after transfusion in dogs was about two or three weeks. Quincke's observations agree with this result; and experiments made by Dr. William Hunter, of the University of Edinburgh, and published as a " Report to the Scientific Grants Committee of the British Medical Association," still further confirm the accuracy of the statement. From his observations on dogs and
THE RED CORPUSCLE AFTER TRANSFUSION.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(10):267–269. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391350015004
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