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February 3, 1984

The Therapy of the Cook County Hospital

JAMA. 1984;251(5):647-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340290061023

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BLOOD PRESERVATION  This preliminary report on the establishment of a "blood bank" at the Cook County Hospital is perhaps justified by the interest displayed in this development, the inquiries received from various parts of the country, and the importance of the promptest and most generous exchange of experience in a new field of life-saving endeavor.That blood can be preserved for weeks in condition fit for transfusion is now a well established fact, thanks most especially to Yudin's1 work on cadaver blood. There is, however, something revolting to Anglo-Saxon susceptibilities in the proposal of using cadaver blood and it is not probable, even were this not the case, that enough blood could be secured in this manner to be of great practical importance. The "blood bank" proposition, on the other hand, seems susceptible of extensive development and it is to this, most especially, that we desire to