Practical Blood Transfusion.. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:555. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-4-555_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(4):555.
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The prudent physician must be thoroughly familiar with the indications, the physiologic effects, and the adverse reactions of each drug he prescribes. Not every physician agrees with the Food and Drug Administration that blood is a drug, (hence, subject to the regulations that control foods, drugs, and cosmetics), but there is no doubt that the prescribing physician should know as much as possible about blood use before he orders a transfusion. The same prudent search for knowledge applies to those who recruit and bleed donors; who process and store blood; who do pretransfusion and posttransfusion testing; and those who administer
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