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To the Editor:—
Dr. Coye C. Mason in a recent letter to The Journal (184:985, 1963) suggested that the term "selected donors" be used instead of "professional donors" in the classification of those who donate blood. The objective of the classification is to distinguish between persons who donate their blood free of charge and those who donate their blood for money. On this basis the term "selected donors" becomes meaningless. Also, being a blood donor is hardly a "profession." Why not come right out, then, and call them "paid donors"? That is precisely what they are.
Mathieson DR. "Professional," "Selected," and "Paid" Donors. JAMA. 1963;185(6):545. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060060143035