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Memphis Moments
5:50 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Lemuel Diggs and the Mid-South Blood Bank

Lemuel Diggs

When the nation's fourth blood bank opened in Memphis in 1938, blood transfusions were still a new technology. Patients were connected by tubes directly to donors with the proper blood type, and many patients died before a suitable donor could be found.

Memphis physician Lemuel Diggs and the staff of the Memphis Blood Bank helped solve this tragic problem by developing a system for refrigerated blood storage, as well as methods for collection, filtration, and the typing of blood.

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