The 1981 first edition of this text was a broad-sweeping, much needed comprehensive look at transfusion with the important point of view of how to use blood products effectively, as well as a technical reference for students and residents. A second edition is welcome because of the dramatic, sweeping changes that have occurred in the practice of transfusion medicine since that time. It also marks the commitment that editors Petz and Swisher have in maintaining a body of information about this topic.
The emphasis remains, as it was originally, on education. The authors of each of the chapters continue to show careful attention to published scientific studies. Frequently, as in chapter 7, "Red Cell Compatibility Testing: Clinical Significance in Laboratory Methods," the author, in this case Dr Petz himself, will cite the standards of the American Association of Blood Banks, the historical and scientific information leading to that position, and