The Grisly Stories Of Early Blood Transfusions
It is rumored that the very first version of a blood transfusion occurred when Pope Innocent VII was on his deathbed, and made to drink the blood of little boys. Needless to say, this didn't turn out well for the pope or the boys. In the 1690s, Richard Lower pioneered blood transfusions between animals. He then started experimenting with transfusing the blood from dogs to human patients.
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Key Facts In This Video
Blood transfusions are one of the most common medical procedures performed in U.S. hospitals. (0:00)
Richard Lower tried performing blood transfusions between humans and dogs circa 1692. (0:44)
Karl Landsteiner discovered that there are multiple blood types, and transfusions are only successful when the types match. (1:39)