Medical Research Council: Blood Transfusion Committee

Scope and Content

The file largely consists of memoranda and reports issued by the Blood Transfusion Committee on a range of topics contributed by a number of people. These are:

  • Technique for the filtration of blood plasma (Army Blood Transfusion Service), with 3 diagrams of equipment.
  • Simple apparatus for the sharpening of transfusion needles (School of Medicine, Leeds). With diagram.
  • The prevention of excessive caramelisation of glucose-sodium citrate solutions sterilised in bulk (School of Medicine, Leeds).
  • Blood transfusion research committee recommendations concerning the filtration, control of sterility, and drying of blood products. November 1941.
  • Large-scale production of Seitz-filtered stable non-clotting plasma (Army Blood Transfusion Service), March 1942.
  • The ageing of serum and plasma (M. Maizels), Jul 1942.
  • An anti-O isoagglutinin in group B (South-West London Blood Supply Depot), October 1942.
  • Sub-committee on fainting in donors, a note on a preliminary analysis of a sample of the cards (A. Bradford Hill), September 1942.
  • Bacteriological investigations on serum received for filtration or drying (M.R.C. Serum Drying Unit, Cambridge), September 1942.
  • Standard technique for blood group determinations, October 1942.
  • Second report to the Medical Research Council on the low-temperature ether extraction of human serum and plasma (R.A. Kekwick & A.S. McFarlane, The Lister Institute, & M.E. Mackay, Medical Research Council), October 1942. With diagrams of equipment.
  • Report on clinical trials of ether extracted material (Dr J. Vaughan & Dr J.F. Loutit), October 1942.
  • Interim report on a series of cases of jaundice following the transfusion of reconstituted dried serum (H.V. Morgan & D.A.J. Williamson), October 1942.

In addition there are some handwritten notes belonging to Wilkinson about the organisation of the blood transfusion service and the blood transfusion committee as well as a typed report relating to decisions made by the Blood Transfusion Committee of the Manchester Royal Infirmary and the operations of the local service.