Transfusion, defined as the transfer of blood from one
individual to another, seems to be an age old concept.
Its journey from a dream and imagination to a well
practiced therapy has been painstaking and has taken
many sacrifices. During this period of trial and error,
filled with sudden advances and long pauses, transfusion
was tried sometimes with animal blood, sometimes with
human blood. The history of transfusion medicine dates
back to 1542 when Pope Innocent VIII was given blood
from three unfortunate people and all of them died. The
idea behind blood transfusion in those days was to treat
senility and disorders of the brain. Madness was
considered to be treatable by lamb blood.
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