Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: plasmapheresis

  • Blood, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm: An inseparable balance?

    John Graham-Pole Clydesdale, NS, Canada   Visiting the Island of Cos, Greece, 2013. Left: Under the plane tree; top: Hippocratic humors; right: Temple of Cos; bottom: Greek friend bearing sage Life blood: Humor and health In 1960, I entered St. Bartholomew’s Medical School on a full classics scholarship. I was a devotee of Hippocrates, with…

  • The sight of blood

    Joanne Jacobson New York, New York, United States Human plasma protein solution in bottle, Hertfordshire, Engl. Science Museum, London. CC BY 4.0. None of us live to adulthood without seeing our own blood—growing up, I witnessed my blood flow free of my body too many times to count. The bleeding knee picked clean of leaves and…

  • Vampires and blood trafficking: The International Red Cross campaign against third-world plasma collection in the 1970s

    William Schneider Indianapolis, Indiana, United States   1986 photo of Hantchef and successors as head of IFRC Blood program (Cropped) left to right: Evelyn von Steffens (technical adviser), Juhani Leikola (Hantchef’s successor), Polly Dussan (secretary to Leikola), Tony Britten (Leikola’s successor) and Zarco Hantchef. Source: Juhani Leikola One of the cornerstones of the WHO Blood…