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March 5, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(10):267-269. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391350015004

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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

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