It is that time of year again, Lab Week is this week, April 23 – 27! If you have some time, go visit the laboratory staff and give them a “thank you” for all the hard work they do. Don’t be shy, they would love to see you!
Did you know these facts about laboratory medicine?
- The first research into blood transfusion dates back to the 17th Century when British physician William Harvey fully described the circulation and properties of blood in 1628. The first blood transfusions were also attempted around this time, although these were often unsuccessful and proved fatal in humans. It’s a good thing they refined the process!
- Several thousand years ago, whether you were an Egyptian with migraines or a feverish Greek, chances are your doctor would try one first-line treatment before all others: bloodletting. He or she would open a vein with a lancet or sharpened piece of wood, causing blood to flow out and into a waiting receptacle. If you got lucky, leeches might perform the gruesome task in place of crude instruments. WOW!