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James Blundell, 1836
English physician, James Blundell (1791–1878) performed the first successful human-to-human blood transfusion in 1825. He developed an apparatus called a "gravitator," a copper cup with a metal handle to collect blood and funnel it from the donor to the recipient. Blundell developed this life-saving technique in response to his patients dying of hemorrhage, excessive bleeding, during childbirth.
Courtesy National Library of Medicine
Creator:Henry Room, painter (1802–1850),
John Cochran, engraver (1821–1865)