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In 2008, ASH celebrated its 50th anniversary and used this historical milestone to reflect on the progress that has been made in the field. Explore the content below to learn more about the history of ASH and important hematologic advances made in the last five decades.

ASH: a success at age 50

The late Dr. Ernest R. Jaffé (1983 ASH president) and Dr. Kenneth A. Kaushansky (2008 ASH president) discuss the origins of the Society and it's journal, Blood.

ASH 50th Anniversary Reviews

Read historical reviews, published in Blood, about significant advances made in the field.

Watch this short video to learn more about the rich history of the Society and the field of hematology.

50 Years in Hematology: Research That Revolutionized Patient Care

ASH developed a brochure in 2008 that highlights the top advances made in hematology during the last half century. To view the brochure, download the PDF or navigate the table of contents below.


Chapter 1: Red Blood Cells

Chapter 2: White Blood Cells

Chapter 3: Platelets and Blood Clotting