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Blood-groups of Veddahs

Nature volume 140, page 548 (25 September 1937) | Download Citation



BLOOD-GROUPING in the field in Ceylon presents almost insurmountable difficulties, so that no records of blood-grouping of the Veddahs have been hitherto published. Until recently I had only one record—that of a Veddah whom I had persuaded to come down to Colombo for treatment in hospital. Recently, however, I had the opportunity of making observations on a series of four more Veddahs. These were brought to Colombo, with two others, who refused to give blood, by an enterprising showman, for exhibition at a fair held on the occasion of the Coronation celebrations. All the Veddahs were tolerably good specimens of their race. The blood samples were examined independently by myself and by the staff of the Pathology Department, General Hospital, Colombo, with identical results. I used imported standard sera (Burroughs and Well-come's) that had been kept in the refrigerator. The hospital authorities make their own standard sera. Although the numbers examined are too few for any definite conclusions to be drawn, I consider they are worthy of record in so far as no previous information is available relative to this important race.

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  1. Anatomy Department, Medical College, Colombo. Aug. 16.

    • W. C. O. HILL


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