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February 1, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(5):415-416. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820050059014

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The value of human blood and plasma for transfusion in certain diseases is now well established; its lack of specific value for other conditions may not be so well known to physicians and to the public. The effects of the injection of nonspecific protein and of the materials contained in blood and plasma may be sufficient in themselves to develop nonspecific benefits which may cause false impressions of values. This exceedingly brief evaluation of blood transfusion is by way of introduction to a problem created by the drama associated with the donation of human blood for medical purposes. The creation of blood banks and serum centers, and the efforts now being made to secure donation of blood from hundreds of thousands of persons, will in time establish routines which may make such records as that which follows impossible.

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