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November 11, 1983

Blood: Gift or Merchandise—Towards an International Blood Policy

JAMA. 1983;250(18):2554. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340180098048

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This carefully written text has a conversational style and fluently covers the topic of world utilization of blood and blood products. The book is decidedly philosophic but includes a strong vein of scientific data. The text openly looks at the problems of commercial v volunteer blood donation and considers the viewpoint of the donor, the patient, the medical profession, and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the organizations that make their livelihood with blood products.

Those persons involved in the industrial aspect of blood procurement may be interested in the detail and philosophic comments as well as the worldwide overview of this text. The content would also be enlightening to those persons more peripheral to the blood-processing industry. The author mentions how large the industry is in terms of dollar production, which in some instances is staggering. One definitely gets the impression that no matter how "nonprofit" an involvement is