A doctor giving a blood transfusion to a baby, Princess Elizabeth of York Hospital for Children, Glamis Road, Tower Hamlets, Greater London

A doctor giving a blood transfusion to a baby, Princess Elizabeth of York Hospital for Children, Glamis Road, Tower Hamlets, Greater London
Photograph taken 11 August 1939 © Source: Historic England Archive ref: med01_01_0516

An American female doctor giving a blood transfusion to a baby by a scalp vien. At the time this was known as the 'American Method'. The baby was “mymmyfied” with a blanket to keep the arms by the side and laid flat with a hot water bottle on either side. As well as receiving blood transfusions through scalp veins, babies also received transfusions through veins in their feet.

Location

Greater London Tower Hamlets

Period

World War Two (1939 - 1945)

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medicine health people women doctor nurse