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September 1962

Present Status of Cadaver Blood as Transfusion Medium: A Complete Bibliography on Studies of Postmortem Blood

Author Affiliations

Medical Officer, USPH Service, Diagnostic Research Branch, N.C.I. (Dr. Pruitt).; Special Research Fellow, USPH Service (Dr. Meredith).; From the Department of Surgery, The Bowman Gray School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1962;85(3):364-370. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1962.01310030012002

The first experiments regarding the use of cadaver blood for transfusion purposes were performed in 1928 by Professor W. N. Shamov.72 Repeatedly successful treatment of hemorrhagic shock with blood taken from dog cadavers prompted Professor Shamov to communicate his results to Professor S. S. Judin of the Sklifosovsky Institute in Moscow.74 Professor Judin used cadaver blood for human transfusion purposes beginning in 1930, and in 1937 reported on 1,000 transfusions.87 In 1938 he reported a series of 2,000 human transfusions using cadaver blood with 5% reactions and 7 deaths due to transfusion reactions.88 These results were similar to those reported at that time by other physicians transfusing blood from living donors.

A similar type of study on a smaller scale was conducted in Chicago in the 1930's by Dr. Leonard Charpier.23 He transfused 30 patients with cadaver blood without undesirable reaction, but his work was