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May 15, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;122(3):179-180. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840200035013

BLOOD DONATIONS BY WAR WORKERS  Industrial concerns recently have been apprehensive about the effect of blood donations on war workers. A number of medical consultants to the Industrial Hygiene Foundation have concluded that ill effects need not be expected if standard procedure is followed closely. Although there may be some temporary lassitude on the part of indoor sedentary workers, eligible donors are not as a rule made weaker nor is there greater susceptibility to upper respiratory infections or other complications in the immediate period following the donation. It was the consensus that industry need not be concerned about the matter from the point of view of absenteeism or lowered production.

THE CASTORIA INCIDENT  In the week previous to April 27 the Centaur Company at Rahway, N. J., began to receive occasional reports that persons who had been given Castoria had responded with severe vomiting and