ROBERT G. CHAPMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The American Blood Commission (ABC), inaugurated in April 1975, developed from a unique approach by the federal government to coordinate and improve our nation's blood-banking activities. Instead of forming another government agency, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare invited the private sector to form an agency of its own (1). Behind this invitation was the certainty that if the private organizations failed to develop something suitable, the government would do so itself. Without this pressure, it is doubtful that organizations such as the American Association of Blood Banks and the American National Red Cross, with their divergent approaches to
CHAPMAN RG. The American Blood Commission. Ann Intern Med. ;83:115. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-1-115_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(1):115.
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