Medicine: New Coagulant

Last week Chemists Arthur Steinberg & William Redman Brown of Philadelphia's Kensington Hospital for Women proudly set out for Toronto to tell the American Physiological Society about their amazing new discovery: oxalic acid for rapid coagulation of blood. But when the young chemists got to Toronto, they were scientifically hissed & booed. Reason: oxalic acid, a common cleaning fluid and ink remover, is used by physicians in a derivative form to prevent coagulation of blood for transfusions. It was impossible, said the scoffing physiologists for an anticoagulant to produce coagulation.

Undaunted, Drs. Steinberg & Brown invited the meeting to the University of...

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