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TUESDAY,  JUNE 25,  1912

Blood Transfusion Often Successful

Dr. Carrel Tells French Scientists of the Improved Method in Use Here.


Patients Almost Literally Raised from the Dead

Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES

    PARIS, June 24—Dr. Carrel of the Rockefeller Institute to-day addressed a distinguished gathering of scientists in the transfusion of blood. He declared that many dangerous illnesses had been cured by this means. The method used has been greatly improved in recent years. It was now the practice to open an artery in the forearm of the person giving his blood. A very small special surgical tube was the inserted in the artery and the other end of the tube was slipped into a superficial vein in the patient.

    In successful cases, which were becoming more and more numerous, said Dr. Carrel, a patient who was inert and at his last gasp regained his normal color in a few minutes and almost literally rose from the dead.

    Dr. Carrel quoted the case of a newborn baby which was lying at death's door. An injection of blood was made. In half an hour the infant was crying lustily for nourishment.

    The whole secret of up-to-date methods, said Dr. Carrel, was the avoidance of the formation of the clots which hitherto had been an obstacle to transfusion. The use of the special tube obviated that difficulty.

    Paris medical circles also learned to-day of the discovery of a new vaccine against Asiatic cholera, made at the Pasteur Institute at Tunis. Experiments with it have proved efficacious.

From: The New York Times , 25 Jun 1912, page 7.

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