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To the Editor:—
Dr. Scannell's letter on page 439 of the Jan. 30, 1954, issue of The Journal, condemning the use of paid donors indicts reputable blood banks in New York state and the physicians on their staffs. Yet, I do not know of a single instance of a fatal reaction or transmission of disease that can be attributed directly to negligence in selecting a professional donor. To demonstrate the care with which donors are selected, I reported the statistics of the Blood Transfusion Association for the year 1952 (J. A. M. A.151:1430 [April 18] 1953). In 1953, the report shows that, of 29,693 donors screened, 12,202 were rejected at the admitting desk on the basis of medical history and 890 more were rejected by the examining physicians.It would be fortunate indeed if it were possible to exclude in particular the carriers of malaria and hepatitis by
Geiger J. PAID BLOOD DONORS. JAMA. 1954;154(14):1198. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480050019