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What is transfusion medicine? Is this a defined or definable subspecialty of medical practice? The editors and authors of this book believe so and present a very creditable case. Transfusion medicine, as outlined in this book, melds laboratory and clinical hematology, immunohematology, blood banking, and often complex transfusion needs. Proficiency in transfusion medicine requires an understanding of the physiology of blood cells, of the biochemistry of the plasma and its proteins, of immunohematology, and of the clinical complexities of situations requiring transfusion support. In addition, administrative knowledge, an appreciation for the potential hazards of blood product administration, and an understanding
Principles of Transfusion Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;115:238–239. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-3-238_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(3):238-239.
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