Blood transfusion
Inventor
Inventor James Blundell
James Blundell
Born27 December 1790
Holborn
Died15 January 1878 | Age 87
London


James Blundell 1818

Dr. James Blundell ( 1791 Holborn, London, England – 1878) performed the first successful transfusion of human blood to treat postpartum haemorrhage. The donor was the patient's husband, Blundell extracted four ounces of blood from his arm to transfuse into his wife.

Between 1825 and 1830, Blundell performed 10 transfusions, five of which were beneficial, and published his results. He also invented a number of instruments for the transfusion of blood.

Blood Transfusion
Blood Transfusion

In 1840, at St George's Hospital Medical School in London, Samuel Armstrong Lane, aided by Dr. Blundell, performed the first successful whole blood transfusion to treat haemophilia.

Beginnings of Transfusion

In the 1660s, the physician Richard Lower gave a demonstration of blood transfusion between animals in front of his distinguished colleagues from the Royal Society.
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