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December 11, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(24):2088-2089. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580240044016

Blood transfusion is likely to be a far more efficacious therapeutic procedure in the near future than it has been during the few years that have witnessed the introduction of a successful technic for the operation. This statement is not intended to imply that successful transfusions have heretofore been rare or that the coming period is necessarily likely to witness an increasing number of applications of the method in practice. But the technic has been rendered more satisfactory, easier of general application under difficult circumstances, and safer in its employment. This aspect of the matter is exemplified in the introduction of syringe transfusion, a process easily repeated and involving little pain or trauma as compared with the original surgical method. The necessary precautions have been studied and explained so that the dangers and complications of transfusion — such as those due to incompatible blood, dilatation of the heart and introduction