Remembering "Autohemotherapist" Sam Tasker (1907-1999)

Autohemotherapy clinics, or "autohemotherapists" per se, do not appear to be readily available anywhere in the United States, as of 2015.  However, virtually any medical office can provide this service if requested, and if the office is agreeable.  Indeed, the practice of autohemotherapy was very common all around the U.S during the first half of the 20th Century, most commonly by, but not limited to, dermatologists and allergists.. Any nurse (or other health practitioner) that is able and duly legally authorized to draw blood can do so and does do so every day.  So the only issue is whether the blood so-drawn might be re-injected intra-muscularly (or subcutaneously), somewhat immediately, into the same patient.  The book, AUTOHEMOTHERAPY REFERENCE MANUAL, incorporates a listing of nearly a thousand articles, mostly involving the intramuscular re-injection of autologous blood, that comprise testimony that the practice has been safely practiced
over many decades.

Not long after this writer had learned of the practice from Bert Cuyugan, the son of a Filipino doctor who had used it during World II when he ran out of quinine, I learned its name, "autohemotherapy" from a dermatologist in San Francisco.  When I later attempted to find a practitioner in Los Angeles, in the early 1990's, I was able to make contact with a dermatologist, Sam Tasker, MD, who had been using it for years, albeit mostly on difficult dermatology cases.  At the time, Dr. Tasker used a method he described as "the Russian method", which was comprised of 3 cc of freshly drawn blood, with a small amount residual air in the syringe,  which was then briefly shaken to more thoroughly mix the oxygen, and then nearly immediately re-injected into the muscle in the upper-arm / shoulder.  He did not change the needle in the process, using the same size needle, 25 x 5/8, for both withdrawing and re-injection. His practice was to repeat the treatment as needed bi-weekly or weekly.

Unfortunately Dr. Tasker closed his practice in the 1990s and is longer with us. A lengthy interview with Dr. Tasker, it is available on YouTube, accessible through or (s h shakman).   Also on the website are discussions and links, including some examples of self-injections, e.g.,

 Remembering "Autohemotherapist" Sam Tasker (1907-1999)

Sam Tasker MD (1907-1999) was a genuine humanitarian and dear friend to all who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a practicing a dermatologist for more than 60 years, first in Philadelphia and ten in Los Angeles, where he served on the staff at Cedar Sinai Hospital for more than a half-century and also was an instructor on the graduate level at USC.

r. Tasker integrated conventional methodologies with proven folk or other approaches.  While by no means the major thrust of his work, autohemotherapy comprised a vital tool in his practice throughout his decades of service, a tool he did  ot hesitate to use when all else failed.  Dr. Tasker with this writer on the subject of autohemotherapy from 1990 through his retirement at age 88, and unhesitantly and proudly claimed the designation of “autohemotherapist”.

S.H.Shakman - posted 4 June 2015 (In response to an email request for information)