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THE PHARMA REVIEW (MAY 2010)

Historical Overview of Transfusion Medicine

Dr. R. N. Makroo

Introduction
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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