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December 20, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;117(25):2173. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820510061021

BLOOD DONATIONS FOR THE ARMED FORCES  Elsewhere in this issue1 appears a report by Taylor discussing the need for and technical aspects of obtaining large quantities of blood plasma for the United States Army and Navy by the American Red Cross. It is apparent that a great expansion in facilities for collection of plasma is necessary if the required quantities are to be made promptly available. It is also note-worthy that the work already done by the Red Cross confirms previous reports that the withdrawal of 500 cc. of blood has no harmful effect on the health of properly selected donors. In view of the care with which the Red Cross has approached the problem, there should be no difficulty encountered in obtaining volunteer blood donors in sufficient numbers to satisfy all legitimate needs.

DOMESTIC WOVEN CATHETERS  Prior to 1939, woven catheters were made only