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April 8, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(14):1122-1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740140046020

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Blood Donors  In Berlin, an organization of blood donors for the municipal hospitals is to be worked out after the pattern of that already existing in the state of New York. The need of such organization is widely felt, for transfusion for therapeutic purposes has acquired great importance. As Prof. Ernst Unger sets forth in an article in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, the state of New York has been trying out detailed regulations, which have now been enacted into law. Other organizations exist in foreign cities. Germany has had hitherto no organizations under official supervision, although some of the larger hospitals have established a special "donor group." Smaller hospitals and individual physicians are not in a position to make a suitable selection of donors, and thus a number of accidents have occurred. Narcotic and alcohol addicts have sometimes offered to serve as donors. In Berlin, the charge for 350 cc.

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