July 17, 1967

Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine

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Chapel Hill, NC


by P. L. Mollison, ed 4; 863 pp, with illus, $16.50, Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications, Ltd. (Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co.), 1967.

JAMA. 1967;201(3):211-212. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130030081035

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The new edition of Mollison is out. This unadorned statement is enough to send all blood-bankers rushing to their booksellers. To admirers of the third edition (1961) it will be no surprise that the fourth edition is lucidly written, sensibly organized, admirably compendious, and has an astonishing bibliography. Readers not yet familiar with Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine should lose no time in acquiring it.

Within the broad field of blood transfusion are subjects which affect clinicians of every variety, physiologists, pathologists, biochemists, computer experts, and refrigeration engineers, and there is something in this edition for all of them. The emphasis remains on the clinical applications of immunohematology, but a concise section on "immunologic aspects" covers the newer work on immunoglobulins, complement, and the biochemical nature of antigens. Experimental work in red blood cell preservation is described briefly, and advances in leukocyte and platelet grouping are discussed. Described in detail