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An apparatus for measuring the tensile strength of blood clots
  1. R. G. Macfarlane,
  2. A. H. Tomlinson
  1. Department of Pathology, the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
  2. Public Health Laboratory, Oxford


    An apparatus is described which uses the principle of the ballistic pendulum to measure the tensile strength of blood clots formed in special cuvettes. The method appears to have a reproducibility which would allow a study to be made of the factors influencing clot strength. A brief survey of the findings with normal blood and with blood from cases of thrombosis and haemophilia shows significant differences between the mean values for each group.

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