"Dr. Death earned his nickname long before it was given to him. In 1961, Jack Kevorkian drained four cadavers according to the Soviet protocol and transfused their blood into four living patients. All responded more or less as they would have had the donor been alive. Kevorkian did not tell the families of the dead blood donors what he was doing, using the rationale that blood was drained from bodies anyway during embalming. He also remained num on the recipient end, opting not to tell his four unwitting subjects that the blood flowing in their veins came from a corpse. His rationale in this case was that the technique, having beem done for thirty years in the Soviet Union was clearly safe..."