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March 5, 1955

Organization and Administration of Blood Banks

JAMA. 1955;157(10):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950270090038

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As an initial venture this booklet of the subcommittee on the Administrative Manual of the American Association of Blood Banks is a laudable attempt to review the variegated modes of operation used and the modes of organization of privately operated, hospital, Red Cross, and community blood banks. If what emerges as a picture of blood banking in the United States appears blurred at times, it is excusable, for the subcommittee faced monumental problems in trying to resolve the many differences in operation and policy of these blood banks into an orderly presentation. Their problem was compounded by the use of 31 authors each using his own style and expressing essentially his own viewpoint. Thus it was inevitable that much redundancy and repetition occurs in the individual articles. Perhaps a more uniform and logical handling of the subjects would have resulted if the committee had boldly written its own chapters on

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