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Professor Harold Ellis
British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol. 68, Iss. 8, 08 Aug 2007, pp 447

This year marks the 130th anniversary of the death of a remarkable, yet somewhat forgotten, pioneer of clinical blood transfusion – the first to perform a series of cases with some successes. James Blundell was born in 1790 in London. He trained in medicine first at the United Hospitals of St. Thomas’s and Guy’s, which included anatomy and surgery under Astley Cooper, and physiology and obstetrics under his uncle, Dr John Haighton, who was to greatly influence his career. Blundell completed his training in Edinburgh, graduating there with his MD in 1813.

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