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October 16, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(16):1368-1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580160052020

The recent review by Ottenberg and Libman1 of 212 transfusions performed at Mount Sinai Hospital is a good index of the favor with which this form of therapy is being received. The most impressive part of this report deals with forty-two instances in which transfusion appears to have saved life; twenty-nine of the patients were discharged as well, while thirteen were saved from immediate death, although they continued to suffer from chronic ailments. While these and other results demonstrate that transfusion is no small factor in saving life, only a limited number of surgeons feel capable of doing transfusion with reasonable certainty of success. A brief consideration of the present status of the technic of transfusion, therefore, seems not untimely.

Current literature is so replete with papers on the subject that it is difficult to select a simple method for use. Blood transfusion was employed with reputed good results