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April 21, 1962


JAMA. 1962;180(3):236. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050160052014

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In the years since World War II, blood banking has benefited remarkably from new developments both in basic research and in the improvement of techniques. The phases have moved forward together, with the technician creating his own special refinements, processes, and safeguards but at the same time helping to make the contributions of medical research of immediate value to the practice of medicine.

This progress in quality has been accompanied by a vast increase in the use of blood banking facilities—an increase in the quantity of blood and blood components prescribed daily by physicians throughout the country. The best estimates available indicate that less than 4,000,000 units of whole blood were transfused in 1954 and that this year approximately 5,000,000 units will be so used. Appraising such a period of momentum, several questions naturally arise. Has the aura of scientific success blinded out the undeniable need for more research on

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