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February 9, 1994

Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine

Author Affiliations

HCA Southern Hills Medical Center Nashville, Tenn

JAMA. 1994;271(6):477. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510300089051

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This is the ninth edition of a popular and well-read text. The authors note in the new preface that the emphasis of the world of blood transfusion has substantially changed in the 40 years the text has been in use. The newest edition follows the traditions of previous ones, comprehensively updating each topic while preserving continuity with the past. The index is characteristically clear and the bibliography encyclopedic.

Classic information, such as the science of the development of A, B, and H red blood cell antigen proteins, or the development of the positive direct antiglobulin test following Rh D immunization, is carefully reviewed with recent references. As the science of red blood cell immunology inches along, the authors have kept the reader abreast, while not neglecting their duty to history. For example, they cite the work of Kemp, who in 1930 found that "A and B can be detected on

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