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February 13, 1943

Adventure in Blood Transfusion

JAMA. 1943;121(7):549-550. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840070077034

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Never before has the layman shown such personal interest in the subject of blood transfusion. The yearly number of transfusions has steadily mounted in the last twenty-five years. The development of blood banks in this country has involved thousands of nonprofessional donors. At this writing over 1,200,000 persons have given blood or plasma for the armed forces. Developments in this field have received liberal recognition in the newspapers and magazines; some of the feature articles have been models of exposition of medical subjects for the general public. One cannot help being impressed with the specific knowledge possessed by the layman about blood transfusion. Considering this huge backlog of popular interest, it is reasonable to suppose that a book on the subject would have a warm reception and serve a useful purpose. The modern blood donor wishes to know more about the four blood groups, about their detection and about the

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