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December 9, 1968


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San Francisco

JAMA. 1968;206(11):2527-2528. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150110075033

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Blood groups and antibodies have been well discussed in the standard texts by Race and Sanger and by Mollison and, at a more technologist-oriented level, in the Technical Methods and Procedures of the American Association of Blood Banks. One may well ask, "Was this further text necessary?"

It is a relatively small book, the bulk of which is devoted to a discussion of the red cell blood groups. These are covered in less detail than in the books of Mollison and of Race and Sanger, providing only the important information of practical value to relatively inexperienced workers. Methodology is presented in the appendix.

An early chapter, "Antigens, Antibodies and Their Reactions," is one of the most valuable features, outlining basic mechanisms in an up-to-date account which is the best available. The most useful section of the book is the chapter on "Leukocyte Antigens and Antibodies," the field of primary interest