February 1942

The Blood Bank and the Technique and Therapeutics of Transfusions.

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By R. A. Kilduffe, M.D., Director of Laboratories, Atlantic City, N. J., and M. DeBakey, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Tulane University of Louisiana. Price, $7.50. Pp. 558, with 214 illustrations and 1 colored plate. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1942.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;69(2):367-368. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200140205013

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This book represents a timely effort which must have been accomplished under great pressure. More than twenty-eight hundred articles are referred to in the bibliography, which gives an idea of the huge literature that required analysis in order to put together a satisfactory monograph on the many problems of blood transfusion. The subject matter of the volume is well organized. A chapter on the history of transfusion precedes fifteen pertinent chapters on this general topic, including how to build a satisfactory blood bank. The book ends appropriately with accounts of plasma transfusion and the preparation and preservation of wet or dry plasma and two concluding chapters on the technic of transfusion and its complications. The illustrations do much to clarify procedures which may appear complicated. The literary style employed is easy to follow. Everything about the volume is done handsomely. In brief, this is a book which should be widely

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