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October 1948

Blood Derivatives and Substitutes.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;82(4):417-418. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00020040097008

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The vast wartime experiences with whole blood and blood derivatives is recorded in literally thousands of articles and armed service reports. This book serves the valuable function of assembling in one volume the many lessons learned during World War II. The majority of the technics available for the preparation of plasma, the operation of blood plasma banks and the preparation of plasma derivatives are presented in great detail. The theoretic and empiric indications for the use of plasma in therapy are discussed exhaustively. The chapter dealing with human serum albumin is complete and is a fair statement of the value of this material. The long chapter on "shock" is as likely to confuse as to enlighten the general reader. The authors have an evident preference for plasma in treatment of shock which is not shared by all authorities. They also tend to minimize the hazard of the transmission of viral

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