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November 15, 1947

Der Blutspender

JAMA. 1947;135(11):743. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890110061028

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This book on blood transfusion is unique in that the problem of the donor is the primary consideration. An excellent and well illustrated history of transfusion is given, and a detailed description of the development of different methods is presented, with material gathered in World War I, the Spanish civil war and World War II. There are many interesting data on blood banks and the use of preserved plasma in different parts of the world. The psychologic aspects of the donor, his health and the effects of the venesection and a comprehensive section on blood groups and subgroups are presented in a clear and simple manner. A section on laws, rules and regulations concerning blood transfusion in various countries is of use for reference purposes. The book has much material not easily available in the scattered literature and is a valuable contribution to the literature on blood transfusion.

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