Jubé-type blood transfusion apparatus, Paris, France, 1900-1945

1900-1945 in Paris
Syringe for blood transfusion, with accessories in metal case

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Syringe for blood transfusion, with accessories in metal case
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Syringe for blood transfusion, with accessories in metal case, found by Sir John Boyd whilst on active service, French, c.1940

The double-ended blood transfusion apparatus meant that the recipient and donor of the blood could be hooked up to the same device. The whole process took thirty minutes.

The apparatus was invented by Dr Louis Jubé, whose name is printed on the lid of the tin. The inscription translates as “Royal Italian Army”. It is believed that this object was used by Sir John Boyd, most likely Sir John Smith Knox Boyd (1891–1981), a British bacteriologist. He was part of the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War and was responsible for blood transfusion and vaccination services in the Middle East.


Public Health & Hygiene
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
case, metal, contents, metal, contents, glass, contents, cotton wool and contents, rubber
case: 30 mm x 159 mm x 80 mm,
overall (as displayed): 270 mm x 130 mm x 25 mm,
blood transfusion apparatus