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To the Editor:—
As Chairman of the Blood Bank Committee of the Medical Society of the County of Queens, New York City, it is my duty to study and keep informed as to the source of blood used for transfusion purposes in New York City. The most important person in blood banking is the blood donor. The care used in selecting him or her may mean the life or death of a patient. The classification of blood donors is not difficult; they are either good or bad donors, but most important is whether they are honest or dishonest. Infectious diseases like hepatitis and malaria can be detected only by a true medical history of the donor. No matter how much a blood donor is paid, if his only reason for donating his blood is money and if a true history of his past life interferes with his getting this money,
John M. Scannell. PAID BLOOD DONORS. JAMA. 1954;154(5):439–440. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940390063026