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To the Editor.—Couch et al (Arch Surg 108:121, 1974) ignored the contributions of Lanston, Dalessando, and myself to the autologous blood for transfusion that culminated in the publication of a monograph. However, their failure to recognize our work is of less moment than the perpetuation of the term "autotransfusion." The patient does not give himself a transfusion, as implied by the prefix "auto." The blood used for the transfusion is the patient's own blood, ie, autologous.
MILLES G. Autotransfusion in Three Variations. Arch Surg. 1974;109(1):124. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010098030