Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Bloodless Part II


So I was up 'til the wee hours of the morning preparing my talk on Bloodless Medicine & Surgery and the Perioperative Care of Jehovah's Witnesses. I couldn't help but feel astounded by the interesting history of this religious organization. Here's some "did-you-know?" factoids on JW's...keep in mind that this is simply based on a night's worth of Internet-based research by a non-expert, so hopefully I'm not oversimplifying or getting anything terribly wrong...

DID YOU KNOW...

...that Jehovah's Witnesses will not vote, pledge allegiance to any nation's flag, or serve in any nation's military? They view their allegiance to Jehovah, rather than to any nation.

...many Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus returned in a spiritual form which we cannot recognize sometime around 1914, although this date nonetheless remains a controversial one.

...although most Jehovah's Witnesses will reject transfusions of whole blood, packed red blood cells, platelets, or FFP, many experts consider bone marrow transplant (often the only cure for some forms of leukemia) acceptable?

...an anonymous organization within the Jehovah's Witnesses religion entitled AJWRB (Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood) was formed in 1996 in which members are attempting to change the religion's official stance on making blood transfusions forbidden? The reason it's anonymous is presumably because members fear ostracization or excommunication from their religion should they make these opinions more publicly known.

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