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March 4, 1950

Blood Transfusion

JAMA. 1950;142(9):686. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910270076027

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This volume is composed of ten sections, each confined in subject matter to a single broad aspect of blood transfusion. In the preface the editor states that he felt competent to write only concerning the history of transfusion, which account appears in the first section. Since his own experience encompasses the entire modern period of transfusion, that portion is presented with the sureness of firsthand knowledge. This brief survey is most complete and entertaining. The writing of other sections was delegated to contributors whose special interests and experiences gave them recognized expertness in the fields assigned. In this he met with remarkable success, for all speak with undoubted authority.

Eight collaborators have divided the discussion of the indications for transfusion, the complications, the blood groups, the donor, the technic of transfusion, transfusion in infancy, the storage of blood and blood derivatives, blood substitutes and the organization of a hospital transfusion

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