World War II: Plasma, Penicillin, And Insecticides


WITHIN MINUTES of being hit, a wounded soldier in Sicily receives blood plasma from an Army medical corpsman. Some 80 percent of injuries in World War II were caused not by bullets but by bombs or mortar and shell fire, resulting in grave wounds accompanied by shock. Doctors in the First World War had learned that transfusions were useful in treating shock, but they had no system of collecting and transporting sufficient quantities of blood.

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