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October 28, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(9):780-781. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090054023

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To the Editor:—  Many communities are now trying to plan intensively to make preparations for an adequate blood supply in the event of disaster. It is appropriate, therefore, to explain more fully the meaning of the actions of the Committee on Blood Banks on Aug. 13, 1950 as reported in the last paragraph of the editorial "Blood Procurement."By the term "mass typing of the general population" the Committee meant the indiscriminate typing of all persons of all ages in the United States and possessions by mass methods. It is necessary to examine the situation which presumably would prevail in the event of an atomic attack. All experts are agreed that the precise conditions cannot be accurately forecast. There is, however, general agreement that, in the central area hit by an atomic bomb, several things would happen. Among these are utter confusion, death, injury and general exodus of still ambulatory

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