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August 23, 1976

Practical Blood Transfusion

Author Affiliations

University of California School of Medicine Los Angeles

JAMA. 1976;236(8):972. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270090064044

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A comparison of the first and second editions outlines many of the changes that have occurred in blood banking between 1969 and 1975. There is a considerable increase in the number of pages devoted to other organizations involved in blood banking. The section on mobile blood drawing has been expanded, discussion of transplantation immunology has been increased, and hepatitis testing, leukophoresis, and the use of Rh immune globulin now all occupy prominent sections. Yet, despite these and other additions, the book has not been greatly enlarged in size, having gone from 383 to 404 pages.

A chapter on the practical detection and identification of antibody problems will aid the beginning student. An informative chapter on the production standardization and use of antisera will have great value for the beginner. The discussion of blood groups is complete but not exhaustive. Other books are available that trace the blood groups to their