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The procurement of human blood and its transfusion to patients are medical procedures which require the direction and supervision of a physician. The medical profession, therefore, has a paramount interest in evaluating facilities and procedures for blood procurement, storage, and use. Early in 1955 the American Medical Association joined with the American National Red Cross, the American Hospital Association, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in forming the Joint Blood Council, a nonprofit professional service organization which was urgently needed to coordinate the existing national interests in blood. After dissolution of the Joint Blood Council in 1962, the AMA Committee on Blood was reactivated and its membership enlarged. The Committee views as one of its main objectives the promotion of an informational-educational program on blood matters directed to physicians through their local medical societies. In furtherance of this objective, the AMA sponsored a
BLOOD AND BLOOD BANKING. JAMA. 1965;193(1):61–62. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090010067019