Medicine: Recharged Babies

The newborn baby was pale, jaundiced. At Adelphi Hospital, Brooklyn, blood expert Alexander S. Wiener quickly made tests, found that the baby's blood was Rh positive, the mother's Rh negative.* Unless something was done quickly, the baby would probably die of erythroblastosis in a few hours. Dr. Wiener decided to change the baby's blood.

He called for a blood donor, drew a pint of carefully analyzed Rh negative blood and replaced part of the plasma with a salt solution to reduce the danger of clotting. Then he wheeled the infant into the operating...

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