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.
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.
Pierce, Jr EH. Transfusion Medicine. JAMA. 2003;290(8):1097-1098. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1097-a