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Blood transfusions for the wounded: promising method of battlefield surgery or utopia of the mid-1870s?

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Maria S. Sergeeva , Evgeniya L. Panova


The first attempts to introduce blood transfusion into battlefield surgery were made in the 1860s and 1870s when the lack of coordination in the actions of army leaders and the unpreparedness of the military medical service meant that thousands of wounded soldiers died on the battlefield while awaiting medical assistance. The use of blood transfusion began with the Franco-Prussian War of 1870‒1871

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