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Books, Journals, New Media
August 27, 2003

Transfusion Medicine

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(8):1097-1098. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1097-a

This is a balanced text with a large number of well-written contributions. I enjoyed the philosophical approach, the scientific content with appropriate depth of information, and the clinical orientation, directed to both the blood bank physician and the transfusing physician.

The first third of the text presents the basic science of blood and blood groups—including the characteristic topics of erythrocyte, leukocyte, and platelet antigens—and other background information needed by the involved transfusionist and blood banker. I especially enjoyed the chapter by Marion Reid and Connie Westhoff on the history of the less infamous and more often ignored antigens, including their clinical significance.

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