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March 1948

Introducción al estudio de la plasmoterapia.

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By José M. Massons. No price listed. Pp. 276, with 15 diagrams. Barcelona, Spain: Miguel Servet, 1947.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(3):483. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020497017

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This monograph is a well organized resume of the subject, clearly written and well documented by references to a large international bibliography.

Part 1 is concerned with the history of blood transfusion and of the origins and development of plasmotherapy; part 2, with the chemistry and physiology of plasma and with clinical conditions in which there are alterations in plasma relations; part 3, with a discussion of the various substances used for "blood substitutes" in therapeutics, and part 4, with indications for plasmotherapy and the technic of administration.

Of particular interest is the discussion of the author's own work on the use of animal plasmas rendered nonanaphylactic by treatment with formaldehyde and other processes. He cites his experimental work to confirm the safety of this material and refers to Morais and Moreira as having used these plasmas successfully in the clinic. No clinical details are given. Of course, such data

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