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May 31, 1947


Author Affiliations

St. Louis. Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1947;134(5):479. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880220063024

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To the Editor:—  I was interested in reading the letter from Dr. Coggeshall on the danger of transfusion malaria which appeared in the April 19 issue of The Journal. It is well known, of course, that there is a risk of malaria developing in the recipient when blood is used from a donor who has had malaria within the past few or several years, even though the blood may have been stored in a blood bank for a period of days. However, I believe one should not overemphasize the danger of transfusion malaria, because it is easily controlled, and one should not hesitate to use, in the face of an emergency, a donor who has had malaria even recently. In such a case, either the donor or the recipient should be treated with atabrine or chloroquin, which would most certainly prevent the development of malaria in the recipient. Furthermore, transfusion

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