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From The CriticsReviewer: Demetra D. Callas, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is compilation of the proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Blood Transfusion. The speakers at this meeting contributed articles based on their presentations to compile this volume.
Purpose: The purpose of the meeting was to address approaches to human blood resources in clinical practice. This is a timely topic as it is becoming increasingly more difficult to persuade the public to donate blood, so resources are limited and these should be used as efficiently as possible in light of expected increases in demand. Additionally, alternate blood sources should be continuously explored. In the course of this meeting these topics and current trends were extensively discussed.
Audience: The target audience is residents, practitioners, and professionals in the fields of transfusion medicine and blood banking. The speakers/contributors hold prominent positions in the field and their backgrounds are varied (academic hospitals, research organizations, and the private sector), providing a more comprehensive impression of current trends in the field.
Features: The volume covers four areas regarding human blood resources: optimization of supportive hemotherapy in the clinical setting; chemical and biological alternatives to human blood; alternative approaches in the clinical practice; and balancing risks, costs, and benefits. This is an encompassing volume that records current trends and thoughts in all aspects of this science. The fourth section is very interesting and informative. It is clear that more and larger studies are needed. The discussion section following the last article gives interesting insights and personal views that would probably have not been voiced in a more formal medium.
Assessment: This compilation will be of value to those who were unable to attend the meeting. It is an efficient means of bringing professionals in the field up to speed with the newest developments. This collection of each speaker's article and contribution is essential to transfusion medicine professionals, especially in view of the contributors' expertise and the varied backgrounds from which they come.