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February 22, 1930

Blood Grouping in Relation to Clinical and Legal Medicine.

JAMA. 1930;94(8):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710340061030

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A unique interest attaches to the phenomenon of isohemagglutination. It segregates human beings in four distinct groups, thus bringing the "immunochemical" identification of the individual one step nearer, and it affords in the simple laboratory procedure required for blood grouping a common ground for investigations in such various fields as constitutional serology, physiology, pathology, heredity, genetics and anthropology. The author's point of view, he states, is that of the physiologist and geneticist, and as such he has carried on investigations of his own. Here he presents a review of the rapidly accumulating work on blood grouping, well arranged and condensed in convenient form, with suitable discussions and a rather complete bibliography: a book of real value both practically and theoretically. The most important clinical application of blood grouping pertains to blood transfusion. Several chapters deal with its history, the indications and contraindications, the choice of a donor and the technic

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