Today in History
March 15, 1937
Banking in Red
Dr. Bernard Fantus, a physician at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, establishes the world's first blood bank. After developing methods to preserve blood, Fantus opens a facility that will collect, store and preserve donated blood. Coining the term blood bank, Fantus described how the operation would work: "Just as one cannot draw money from a bank unless one has deposited some, so the blood preservation department cannot supply blood unless as much comes in as goes out."
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