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April 9, 1973

Blood Labeling

JAMA. 1973;224(2):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220150058034

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To the Editor.—  In the QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS section of The Journal (Jan 8, 1973), there was a lively discussion about blood labeling. I believe that Dr. John Adriani's answer is correct and to the point. Having had some medical training in New Orleans, I can say that the original reason for blood labeling was purely racial. However, since that time, there are medical scientific reasons, as stated by Dr. Adriani, to continue the labeling.It is sad that medical considerations are thrown aside because a minority group has objected to this policy. These considerations should be made on scientific facts only and not on personal prejudices or opinion. It is unfortunate that some hematologists have to compromise their medical opinions because the Department of Health, Education and Welfare has set a political, not medical, policy.