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JAMA Revisited
October 20, 2015

Transfusion of Blood

JAMA. 2015;314(15):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12042

The recent review by Ottenberg and Libman1 of 212 transfusions performed at Mount Sinai Hospital is a good index of the favor with which this form of therapy is being received. The most impressive part of this report deals with forty-two instances in which transfusion appears to have saved life; twenty-nine of the patients were discharged as well, while thirteen were saved from immediate death, although they continued to suffer from chronic ailments. While these and other results demonstrate that transfusion is no small factor in saving life, only a limited number of surgeons feel capable of doing transfusion with reasonable certainty of success. A brief consideration of the present status of the technic of transfusion, therefore, seems not untimely.

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