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To the Editor.—I am puzzled by the use of the word "allotransfusion" in the article "Hematologic Integrity After Intraoperative Allotransfusion" by Drs. Aaron, Beazley, and Riggle (Arch Surg 108:831, 1974). Should not the prefixes auto- and allo- be used in reference to blood as they are used in reference to grafted tissue where auto- means tissue grafted from the recipient to himself and where allomeans tissue grafted from another human being to the recipient? If so, "intraoperative autotransfusion" would seem preferable.
LAMM H. Hematologic Integrity After Intraoperative Allotransfusion. Arch Surg. 1975;110(1):128. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360070128027