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December 13, 1941


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University Hospital, Iowa City.

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2094-2095. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500076027

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To the Editor:—  The concluding paragraph of the editorial "Transfusion of Blood and Blood Substitutes" (The Journal, November 8, p. 1627) contains the statement "The dried plasma promises to be the eventual solution of the problem for war emergency because of the greater stability, smaller bulk and the relative simplicity of packing, storing and transporting." This seems to me to be an oversimplification of the problem. The experimental and clinical studies in Great Britain and in this country have proved conclusively the efficacy of transfusions of plasma and serum in the first aid treatment of shock. Even shock accompanying hemorrhage can be treated successfully by restitution of the blood volume with serum or plasma, provided the bleeding is controlled. The personnel of the British Army Blood Supply Depot under the command of Col. L. E. H. Whitby has had a rare opportunity to study the treatment of shock in air

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