Frozen Blood. A Review of the Literature 1949-1968,
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV WASHINGTON D C BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES COMMUNICATION PROJECT
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Since 1949, when it was discovered that glycerol would protect red blood cells against damage by freezing and thawing, there have been significant developments in the processing and uses of frozen blood. A wide variety of concepts is embraced in the subject matter dealing with one facet or another of frozen blood. The review as originally conceived focused on the erythrocyte, and it was not until work had been in progress for some time that the inclusion of other formed elements of the blood was suggested. As a consequence, in this respect, the study cannot pretend to be all-inclusive, and some important references may have been missed.
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