In January 1941 the Blood Transfusion Association1 concluded its project in supplying blood plasma to England. This work, carried on in cooperation with the New York chapter of the American Red Cross and subsequently with the assistance of the Brooklyn chapter, was performed almost exclusively by volunteers in nine hospitals in New York and dealt with 17,000 donors during the period August 1940 to January 1941. This was the first time in the history of the country that the procurement of blood was carried on in such a large scale. It was apparent that not only had considerable material aid been given to Great Britain but the knowledge gained in the operation of this project would be invaluable in case of a national emergency in this country.
In February 1941, to fulfil the request of the surgeon generals of the Army and Navy of the United States for 15,000
TAYLOR ES. BLOOD PROCUREMENT FOR THE ARMY AND NAVY: PRELIMINARY REPORT. JAMA. 1941;117(25):2123–2129. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820510011003
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