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December 1949

The Rh Blood Groups and Their Clinical Effects.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;78(6):959. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030050978016

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The first part of this book, written by Dr. Race, deals with Rh groups. He explains the division of Rh-positive and Rh-negative groups and gives the English nomenclature for reference to the genotype Rh positive as DD or Dd and Rh negative as dd. Tables are given showing the Rh genotypes of English persons and the various Rh antibodies. The chapter is concluded with Fisher's genetic basis for the allelomorphic antigens.

In the second chapter, Dr. Mollison writes of the clinical considerations, explaining the ways in which isoimmunization to the Rh factor occurs. In hemolytic disease of the newborn, the differential diagnosis, morbid anatomy and treatment of the condition are fully described. He concludes with instances of isoimmunization in which antigens other than Rh are concerned.

The final chapter, by Dr. Mourant, is on Rh testing. It contains a full and detailed description of the various methods of testing for

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