Glass bottle of dried blood serum

Production date
02 May 1940
Country
England
State/Province
Cambridgeshire
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Description
Glass bottle of dried blood serum, clear, rectangular glass bottle with metal screw cap. Bottle has rectangular paper label adhered to outside.
Classification
CH classification MEDICINE Medicine
Production date
02 May 1940
Measurements
L194 x W70 x H40mm
Media/Materials description
Glass, metal, paper,
Signature/Marks
The bottle contains 200 ccs of serum...
History and use
This bottle of dried blood serum is thought to be from the first batch of such serum, produced at Cambridge University (1940). The desiccation process was invented to address the chronic need for transportation of blood products during war time. This bottle belonged to a Mr A E Platt who, according to a letter accompanying the donation, was one of the "first human guinea pigs" to receive reconstituted serum. The bottle is part of Queensland Museum's Red Cross collection.
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Registration number
H47733

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