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November 10, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(11):1055. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670280057017

Elsewhere in this issue (page 1034) is a summary and analysis of the mass blood-typing program conducted in Jackson, Mich., during the winter of 1950-1951 under the auspices of Michigan Civil Defense authorities. This report by Ahronheim and other summaries of experiments in mass blood grouping are being studied by the Committee on Blood Banks of the American Medical Association. In fact, the program in Michigan was commented on by the Committee on Blood Banks at the Clinical Session in Cleveland last December.1 The Committee on Blood Banks has stated on several occasions, and its position has been confirmed by the House of Delegates, that mass blood grouping and all other fringe programs that divert public attention from the central problem of procuring blood are not advisable. All the authorities in Washington dealing with blood bank matters in the emergency have expressed agreement with the committee's position. The publication