Hematology: Lifesaving Stopgap for Bleeders

The hemophilia victim lives in constant danger. From minor injuries to any form of surgery, the least leak in his circulatory system may require massive plasma transfusions as doctors try to supply a lifesaving amount of a missing clot-promoting protein. But all too often, new blood or plasma cannot be pumped into a "bleeder" in sufficient quantity without risk of overloading his circulatory system. Some concentrates of the vital protein are available, but they are expensive. Now Stanford Physiologist Judith Graham Pool has developed a simple, cheap and effective method of concentrating the protein in so potent a form...

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