Being a WHO publication, the authors have had to ensure that the principles espoused are practical and can be implemented in a variety of settings depending on available resources. The book is well written, clearly set out and has excellent illustrations and summary boxes. It is easy to find specific subjects and get to the meat of an issue. The text is addressed to medical, nursing and scientific professionals and should be easily readable and understandable to all. This is a practical, procedure-oriented, how to do book, with introductory chapters on the principles of transfusion medicine and the basic physiology of blood. Each chapter has learning outcomes and exercises that direct the application of the theory and practice to individual circumstances.
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