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April 1, 1983

The American Blood Supply

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn

JAMA. 1983;249(13):1774. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330370084050

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This small volume, part of a series being produced by the MIT Press, is an original and scholarly monograph authored by a group of individuals with diverse backgrounds. The text, directed toward those who have technical and administrative involvement with blood procurement and utilization in this country, covers topics that extend from the origination of the blood supply and blood procurement from the donor to a discussion of the organizations involved in that procurement.

It is apparent from the frank and factual discussion of the logistics and politics of blood providers that the authors are well acquainted with the diverse philosophies in practice in the United States. Supportive statements are made in regard to the American blood system—that it is envisioned to be better than it is occasionally described and that the quality of blood supply is high and carefully monitored. The nonprofit organizations involved in blood collection are described