Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This book is another volume of several on the history of medicine in World War II. The subjects discussed in this volume on the blood program include shock, evaluation of the use of whole blood, administration training, role of the American Red Cross, blood donors, plasma equipment and packing among many others. This is a good book, but like all books on history it reflects the concepts, efforts, impressions, interpretations and selections of the authors and historians. For example, more information would be welcomed by this reviewer on homologous serum hepatitis. The absence of much data on this subject in this book may have been due to inadequate recording of data as well as the fact that the main difficulties with homologous serum hepatitis originated from yellow fever vaccine used early in the war. Acute hepatitis was an important and serious problem in the early days of the war and apparently was not associated with transfusions per se.


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