This book is an excellent and careful critical survey of the subject of blood transfusion as it stands today. The early chapters give a complete historical résumé of the steps in the development of blood transfusion, with particular reference to physiologic considerations.
A concise and clear description of blood groupings, donors, indications for transfusion and the dangers resulting from transfusion is considered in separate chapters.
One wishes that the author had devoted more time and space to a discussion of the various methods of transfusion, especially considering the citrate methods. His own method is given in great detail and might lead the reader to believe that this method is the one of choice, instead of being one of the direct methods.
The final chapters are short and concise and are devoted to blood transfusion in children and autotransfusion. In the chapter on blood transfusion in children, consideration is given to