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To the Editor.—Because of the brevity of our article, it was impossible to cite all pertinent references, and we therefore left out mention of the Milles monograph.His point about the term "autotransfusion" is an interesting one. We will, however, disagree with him. The patient does indeed give himself a transfusion in the sense that the patient himself is the donor. Furthermore, the term "autotransfusion" has the virtue of brevity, and we assume that is why it enjoys wide usage.We will continue to use it.
COUCH NP, LAKS H, PILON RN. Autotransfusion in Three Variations-Reply. Arch Surg. 1974;109(1):124. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010098031