Pioneer in Blood Preservation Dies

JAMA. 1966;196(3):50. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100160024011.
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Oswald Hope Robertson, MD, who did some of the early work in blood preservation, died of a coronary thrombosis March 23 at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 79.

Dr. Robertson was president of the Association of American Physicians in 1952.

Born in Woolwich, England, he received his bachelor and master of science degrees at the University of California, and earned the MD from Harvard Medical School in 1913.

He and F. Peyton Rous, MD, conducted research on physiology and pathology of blood at Rockefeller Institute before Dr. Robertson joined the Army Medical Corps in 1917. Serving in France, he was assigned to the British Third Army, and used a blood preservation method developed by Dr. Rous and an associate at Rockefeller Institute which involved a solution of dextrose and sodium citrate.

Survivors include his widow, Ruth, and sons Donald, Los Angeles; Alan M. and Robert C., both


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