Medicine: Blood Poultice

Doctors dread the chronic external ulcers which sometimes accompany diseases like diabetes or varicose veins, when blood circulation is poor. They know that the feeble blood supply will probably mean slow healing.

Dr. Meyer Naide of the University of Pennsylvania last week told* of an experimental treatment which worked on nine out of 15 patients: as a chronic ulcer does not get enough blood from inside, he supplied it from outside by a spray of blood drawn from the patient or dried blood plasma diluted with only one fourth the usual amount of water. This poultice dried to form a clot over...

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