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October 28, 1950


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First Vice Chief Deputy, Emergency Medical and Public Health Services, Chicago Civil Defense Organization.

JAMA. 1950;144(9):780. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090054022

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To the Editor:—  I cannot agree with the inclusion of the first two sentences in the last paragraph of the editorial on blood procurement appearing in the October 14 issue of The Journal: "After consultation with various advisors, the Committee on Blood Banks concluded that mass typing of the general population is costly and inadvisable for technical reasons, including that of hazards to the patient introduced by dependence on such typing. Previous experiences in mass typing have been disturbing rather than reassuring."These statements have been interpreted to mean that mass typing of a large portion of the general population of a large target city, rather than that of the nation at large, is inadvisable. If the Committee meant that the mass typing of the general population of a large target city is inadvisable, it is unfortunate, because another competent and experienced medical group, which has carefully considered all factors

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