It has become apparent to blood transfusion workers throughout the United States that blood users take safe and abundant blood supplies for granted. Full understanding of this field among the general medical public is quite limited, and many facts are not understood at all. Among blood users, very few individuals bother to obtain appropriate information. For them, technical details seem too trivial and the immunological background too complex. Similarly, blood bank technical personnel often lack understanding of the clinical uses of transfusion.
The second edition of Practical Blood Transfusion furnishes abundant information about both blood banking and blood transfusion in a way that appeals to both groups. This edition, retaining all of the good qualities of the first, adds many facts that have emerged in the last six years. Recent trends in blood banking—immunological and technical as well as political—are thoroughly discussed. This very practical book deals not only