Medicine: Nothing Like Blood

If an atom bomb should hit a big U.S. city, the lives of more than 100,000 injured might be saved by prompt transfusions of blood, blood plasma or proper plasma substitutes. Under present conditions, nearly all these people would die. There is not enough blood, plasma or substitutes. Researchers are now looking frantically for acceptable and plentiful substitutes for plasma. Most injuries caused by atomic bombs (wounds, burns, radiation damage) result in loss of fluids from the blood vessels. The blood does not circulate properly, and the tissues, including the brain, do...

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