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Oral history interview with Kenneth M. Brinkhous, 1991

Creator: Brinkhous, K. M. 1908-2000
Project: Hemophilia oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 52 pages Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Scope and Contents

Childhood in rural Iowa; college and medical school at University of Iowa; early involvement in medical research in hemophilia; first researcher to discover deficiency in blood-clotting factor; involvement in Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; names of other early researchers and research journals; fatalism and lack of treatment in people with hemophilia prior to world War II; post-war research into elements ("fractions") of blood plasma; discovery and purchase of dogs with hemophilia and consequent treatment attempts; development of first fresh frozen plasma bank; involvement with NHF; use of frequent transfusions to treat hemophilic dogs; development of first commercial concentrate and economic issues regarding delivery to patients; search for bodily source of Factor VIII; work on molecular genetics and hemophilia; advent of HIV; advantages versus disadvantages of pooling blood products; components of hemophilia "community"; benefits of having an "informed constituency"


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