June 15, 1667

On June 15, 1667, French physician and scientist, Jean-Baptiste Denys, successfully administered the first documented case of blood transfusion into a human. He transfused twelve ounces of sheep’s blood into a 15-year old peasant boy. To make sure there was space for the blood, Denys had bled the boy 20 times with leeches. The lad survived. When asked why the boy had volunteered for this experiment, Jean-Baptiste Denys replied, “Volunteered? He’s a peasant. He does what he’s told.” Jean-Baptiste Denys, a curious man and scientist, but also a dick of a person. The peasant boy? He grew up with little to no harm. He did develop a fondness for sheep, but he was part Welsh.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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