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To the Editor:—
Transfusion either of whole or of modified blood is a widely used and highly successful therapeutic procedure. It is therefore important that any attendant catastrophe be most carefully analyzed. For this reason I wish to call attention to some errors contained in the report "Death from Transfusion of Plasma" by Dr. Frank Mayner, Wyandotte, Mich. (The Journal, May 3, p. 2015).The subject of this report was in my service in the Wyandotte General Hospital. I also cared for his elder brother when he was hospitalized with the same illness. Contrary to the statement in the report, the elder brother recovered and today is alive and well.The statement that the patient had been given a transfusion of whole blood is also in error. The patient had had no transfusion before the plasma transfusion that was given immediately prior to his death. Therefore there could have been
Lewis JH. TRANSFUSION OF PLASMA. JAMA. 1941;116(24):2713-2714. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820240073027