Biographical Non-Fiction posted August 12, 2021


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When blood banks were not comonplace, some eyebrows lifted.

Blood Bank

by Frank Ball

During WWll my father was kept out of military service because he was the only pathologist in San Diego. The clinical practice that absorbed most of his attention put him, daily, in communication with hospitals and other medical facilities. These contacts made him aware of a need in San Diego, a blood bank. His practice's clinical laboratory was equipped with the instrumentality to draw blood in quantities from finger sticks to transfusions. That put him in a position to pioneer the local effort to organize and meet the blood-bank need.

Because it was a learning experience for everyone involved, it was not unusual for the drawn blood in storage to suffer contamination. Of course, the bad blood was of no use to the original intent. Still, the disposal was not as simple as it is for most rubbish because its nature was quite personal and people usually have strong feelings about blood, their's or anyone else's. Father had a practical side that moved him to bring the contaminated samples home to spread as pint bottles of fertilizer in the vegetable garden.

I understood the merit of that procedure. Still, the blood subject was not something I felt comfortable discussing with a general audience. It was an open item that we giggled about frequently when my friends visited the tool shed to inventory the blood supply.

By some undetermined path, the subject leaked into my classroom's conversation. My teacher inquired of me if there was anything to the story. With quiet brevity hiding my embarrassment, I halfheartedly mumbled,

"My dad does put blood on his strawberries."

"Ooh," the teacher replied, in an emotional voice, only partially hiding her revulsion. Still, feeling duty-bound to say something, continued with,

"At my house, we eat strawberries on cereal with sugar and cream."




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This incident and related stories filled the small-town rumor mill for months.
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