First Artificial Blood Transfusion in the United States
About the history of the first artificial blood transfusion in the United States.
THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION IN THE U.S.
A spokesman for the University of Minnesota Hospital announced on Nov. 20, 1979, that one of its doctors, Dr. Robert Anderson, had been the first in the country to give a patient a transfusion of artificial blood. The patient suffered a severe loss of blood after having undergone surgery for vascular disease. As a Jehovah's Witness, he refused on religious grounds to receive a transfusion of real blood, so the doctor injected a milky blood substitute called Fluosol, which was developed and tested in Japan.
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