Emergency Use of Human Cord Blood
Historically, the use of placental blood was first advocated by George Rubin of New York in 1914. From the nature of the publication, it was utilized in emergency or semi-emergency conditions.1 In 1934, Soviet surgeon M.S. Malinovski reported on placental blood and 2 years later Bruskin and Farberova reported on 114 transfusions preserved for 6–10 days.
KeywordsCord Blood Umbilical Cord Blood Nuclear Explosion Cord Blood Transplant Mass Casualty
We thank Lynn Baltimore, Senior Research Librarian at the New Jersey Medical School, for assisting in researching the literature for this manuscript and Donald Allegra, M.D., Infectious Disease, for advice.
This chapter is dedicated to the late Dr. Milton Ende and his staff, the physicians and staff of Obstetrical service of Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Virginia and the Abraham S. Ende Research Foundation that participated in cord blood research since the early 1960s and performed the first temporary cord blood transplant in a patient with lymphoblastic leukemia.
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