Despite the vast quantities of blood used in routine clinical practice, the teaching of the fundamentals of blood banking, the survival of cells and plasma components, and the indications and complications of transfusion have been a much slighted part of undergraduate and postgraduate training. To a vast extent the clinician relies upon the technical personnel in the blood bank. This makes no more sense than the use of a drug without an understanding of its pharmacologic behavior.
Eminently qualified in the field of blood transfusion, Dr. P. L. Mollison, professor of hematology at the University of London, St. Mary's Medical School, has revised in this edition his already classic text of reference. The book is a lucid, easily read, yet comprehensive review of the clinical and laboratory approach to blood transfusion. This edition combines the vast clinical experience and the extensive experimental data of the author with over 1,700 pertinent