For centuries, doctors tried to save patients’ lives by blood transfusion:
1667: French doctor Jean Denys, carries out the first blood transfusion from a lamb to a boy. The boy survives.
1829: English physician, James Blundell, the first doctor to save patients’ life by transferring blood from one patient to another.
1901: Austrian physician, Karl Landsteiner, discovers human has different blood types. And realizes blood transfusions fail because two different blood types can not mix properly thus patient quickly dies.
1914: a new storage chemical developed to help store blood, thus, new blood can be given to patients whenever they need it.
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Resource Retrieved from:
Gate, P. (1970) The history of news medicine.