Lege Artis Medicinae

[On blood transfusions - in Hungarian, 1810]

KISS László

FEBRUARY 26, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(02)

[It is a basic fact of medical history that the first human transfusion was performed by the Frenchman Jean Baptiste Denis (?-1704) on 23 November 1667. Denis and his assistant Paul Emmerez (?-1690) transfused a severely haemorrhaged 15-year-old boy with about a quarter of a litre of sheep's blood, with reportedly good results. The haemorrhage was caused by the repeated cutting of the blood vessel after the boy had become ill with fever (5, 16, 8, 14). A couple of weeks later, in December 1667, the Italian Giovanni Riva (1627-1677) also performed a blood transfusion (13). After this brave start, and with the first fatal successes, doctors became less daring and less experimental.]

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