Blood groups

1901 Blood groups

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Karl Landsteiner medicine

Blood groups

Not so simple

Blood ties

In addition to saving lives of people receiving blood transfusions, blood groups have been used in forensic and paternity cases, and, before DNA testing, to trace human migrations.

The medieval expression “’Swounds” is a corruption of the phrase “God’s wounds,” referring impolitely to the blood of Jesus on the cross, but I mean it to express having distant and obscure origins, divine or sacreligious.

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