Medicine: Beef Blood

Many an exsanguine U.S. blood donor sighed with relief last week when he read an excited dispatch from London announcing that beef blood plasma can be used for human transfusions. But the use of beef blood is not new: doctors have long known that it could replace human blood plasma—if every trace of certain beef substances poisonous to man were removed.

Last autumn a U.S. blood expert, Julian Herman Lewis, announced that he had made beef plasma safe by treating it with alkali. Last week's real news was that Dr. F. Ronald Edwards of...

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