Medicine: Blood Exchange

Soviet doctors, with their characteristic well-why-not attitude toward new ideas, have lately been trying out a queer one. The idea: to cure people with opposite ailments by having them exchange some blood. They have experimented with the following "antagonistic" conditions: high and low blood pressure, overactive and underactive thyroid conditions, leukemia (overproduction of white blood cells) and shortage of white cells, pernicious anemia and overproduction of red cells, lack of menstruation and menstrual hemorrhage.

As reported in the American Review of Soviet Medicine last week, the process thus far seems to work in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!