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Wellcome Film of the Month: Blood transfusion

16 Apr, 2010

Tomorrow is World Haemophilia Day and to help put the life of the sufferers of this condition into historical perspective we present a film from 1931 about blood transfusion.

After a brief explanation of the blood groups, the film shows the method of blood donation from a ‘normal’ patient followed by its transfusion into a haemophilia patient:

N.B. this film contains scenes of a medical procedure, which some viewers may find disturbing.

I think I need to have a nice lie down and a biscuit after all that but, for those of you based in the UK, you can find out how to give blood (or see the modern day method of doing so) by visiting the National Blood Service’s website.

Wellcome Film

You can learn about the Wellcome Film project here. If you would like to make use of this archive footage in your own projects, please visit the Wellcome Library catalogue to download the original file, which is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence.

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