The Mother of Invention
Right now, the pandemic is radically changing the way we live our lives – but will it change the way ophthalmologists deliver care forever?
Aleksandra Jones | | Opinion
The only time I ventured out of my house last month (other than for “sanctioned” grocery shopping or daily exercise) was to donate blood. The center was eerily empty – social distancing guidelines and the need to operate at 40-50 percent capacity – but the staff were as welcoming and positive as ever. These days, blood donation is an essential aspect of our healthcare systems, but I recently discovered (lockdown is a good time to read…) that the catalyst for development was a moment of great global crisis: World War I. In 1917, in preparation for the Third Battle of Ypres, recent successes in transfusion, as well as the preserving and storing of blood, coupled with the need to rapidly treat wounded soldiers, resulted in the establishment of the first blood donation and storage facilities.
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