Medicine: How Much Blood?

Vast quantities of blood would be needed for transfusions in treating victims of radiation sickness after an atomic-bomb blast. The question is just how much.

Last week, three University of Chicago doctors announced a definite figure. Two atomic bombs dropped on a U.S. city might leave 500,000 injured; each victim would need a pint of blood every other day for a month. That comes to 7,500,000 pints — almost half as much as was collected in the U.S. throughout World War II.


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