History of Blood use in Forensics

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  • 2,500 BCE

    Egyptians used bloodletting to try to cure disease

    Egyptians used bloodletting to try to cure disease
    Bloodletting is one of the oldest medical practices and thought to have originated in ancient Egypt.
  • -500 BCE

    Greeks distinguished between between arteries and veins

    Greeks distinguished between between arteries and veins
    The ancient Greeks viewed the cardiovascular system as being comprised of arteries and veins
  • Anton van Leeuwenhoek viewed blood cells under a microscope

    Anton van Leeuwenhoek viewed blood cells under a microscope
    Anton van Leeuwenhoek was the first to see blood cells under a microscope.
  • First blood transfusion was performed

    First blood transfusion was performed
    Dr. James Blundell performed the first blood transfusion to try to treat hemorrhage.
  • Karl Landsteiner discovered three blood types: A, B, O

    Karl Landsteiner discovered three blood types: A, B, O
    In 1901, Karl Landsteiner found out that the blood of two people under contact agglutinates and found that this effect was due to contact of blood with blood serum, as a result, he succeeded in identifying the three blood groups.
  • Alfred von Decastello discovered the fourth blood type: AB

    In 1902, two of Dr. Landsteiner's colleagues, Alfred von Decastello and Adriano Sturli, discovered the fourth blood group: AB
  • Percy Oliver established the first blood donor service

    Percy Oliver established the first blood donor service
    In October 1921, as the Honorary Secretary of the Camberwell branch of the Red Cross, Percy Oliver got a call from the nearby King's College Hospital in urgent need of a blood donor. He went to the hospital and saw Sister Linstead, a Red Cross worker, and became the first voluntary blood donor.
  • Mayo Clinic developed a method to store blood for transfusions

    Mayo Clinic developed a method to store blood for transfusions
  • Dr. Bernard Fantus established the first blood bank

    Dr. Bernard Fantus established the first blood bank
  • Karl Landsteiner discovered the Rh protein

    Karl Landsteiner  discovered the Rh protein
  • First case of Aids was recorded in the Congo

    First case of Aids was recorded in the Congo
  • Robert Gallo identified the virus causing AIDS

    Robert Gallo identified the virus causing AIDS
  • Development of ELISA test to screen for diseases such as HIV

    Development of ELISA test to screen for diseases such as HIV
  • Scientists began developing blood-screening tests for infectious diseases

    Scientists began developing blood-screening tests for infectious diseases