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April 9, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(15):417-418. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391400025009

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Dear Sir:  —Your synopsis of Dr. Hunter's paper, on transfusion, published in The Journal of March 5, is very interesting, and presents some new ideas on this almost obsolete operation. If I interpret them correctly the conclusions Dr. Hunter arrives at are in brief, as follows:In a transfusion upon man of 6 ounces of blood, the excess of corpuscles would, under normal circumstances, be got rid of in a period of from one to two days.

  1. That the condition of the blood as regards the number of corpuscles, does not in itself, in cases of anæmia constitute the disease, but is mainly a result.

  1. Transfusion can only act by modifying the nutrition of the body, and this it can do only: 1. By the corpuscles continuing to live for a certain time within the circulation and performing their functions. 2. By the introduction of oxygen and the

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