Medicine: Peacetime Plasma

Throughout the war, millions of blood donors faithfully kept their appointments, rain or shine, sick or well, drunk or sober.* Many of them now wonder when, and if, they will be called on to give blood again. Won't civilians, at least, still need blood?

Civilian demand is up because during the war doctors got used to giving blood as a post-surgery routine. But there were still few peacetime plasma plans, and no great rush to make any, partly because the Army has released 1,000,000 pints of blood to the Red Cross for civilian use. In New York City 150 hospitals and the...

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