Blood Transfusion in World War I: The Roles of Lawrence Bruce Robertson and Oswald Hope Robertson in the “Most Important Medical Advance of the War”

Blood Transfusion in World War I: The Roles of Lawrence Bruce Robertson and Oswald Hope Robertson... The demonstration and acceptance of the life-saving potential of blood transfusion in the resuscitation of combat casualties came in two parts. First, Canadian surgeon Major Lawrence Bruce Robertson showed that direct transfusion of uncrossmatched blood from the veins of a donor to a patient could save the lives of many moribund casualties, even if a few died of acute hemolytic reactions. Second, US Army Captain Oswald Hope Robertson showed that stored, syphilis-tested, universal donor whole blood could be given quickly and safely in forward medical units. With these demonstrations, the Royal Army Medical Corps adopted transfusion and declared it the most important medical advance of the war. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Transfusion Medicine Reviews Elsevier

Blood Transfusion in World War I: The Roles of Lawrence Bruce Robertson and Oswald Hope Robertson in the “Most Important Medical Advance of the War”

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Inc.
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0887-7963
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10.1016/j.tmrv.2009.03.007
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Abstract

The demonstration and acceptance of the life-saving potential of blood transfusion in the resuscitation of combat casualties came in two parts. First, Canadian surgeon Major Lawrence Bruce Robertson showed that direct transfusion of uncrossmatched blood from the veins of a donor to a patient could save the lives of many moribund casualties, even if a few died of acute hemolytic reactions. Second, US Army Captain Oswald Hope Robertson showed that stored, syphilis-tested, universal donor whole blood could be given quickly and safely in forward medical units. With these demonstrations, the Royal Army Medical Corps adopted transfusion and declared it the most important medical advance of the war.

Journal

Transfusion Medicine ReviewsElsevier

Published: Jul 1, 2009

References

  • Canadian surgeons and the introduction of blood transfusion in war surgery
    Pinkerton, P.H.
  • Canada's transfusion medicine pioneer: Lawrence Bruce Robertson
    Pinkerton, P.H.
  • Putting the pieces together: Roger I. Lee and modern transfusion medicine
    Stansbury, L.G.; Hess, J.R.
  • Blood Transfusion
    Keynes, G.L.

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