JUNE 25, 1912
Blood Transfusion Often Successful
Carrel Tells French
Scientists of the Improved Method in Use Here.
Almost Literally Raised
from the Dead
Cable to THE NEW YORK
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
From: The New York Times
, 25 Jun 1912, page 7.
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