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March 7, 1942

The Blood Bank and the Technique and Therapeutics of Transfusions

JAMA. 1942;118(10):853. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830100083032

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Few books may be considered more timely than this volume, as the problems relating to blood banks and transfusions are increasing in importance and in detail. The sixteen chapters represent a sincere attempt to present the necessary information with a minimum of wasted words. Following an interesting and well illustrated chapter on the history of the development of blood transfusion there appear adequate discussions on the rationale, indications and contraindications, the military aspects of transfusion, special types of transfusion, technic of blood typing and compatibility tests, anomalous blood typing reactions (their nature, causes and detection and methods for their elimination), the "universal donor" and the "universal recipient," blood bank, the changes which occur in stored blood, the biochemical changes in stored blood, the operation of a blood bank, plasma transfusion, the preparation and preservation of concentrated and dried plasma, methods and technic of transfusion and complications of blood transfusion. There

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