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Confessions of a blood donor

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7009.881a (Published 30 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:881
  1. Judith Hollis-Triantafillou, general practitioner
  1. Athens, Greece

    My friend Jilly is a blood donor and, as in all areas of her life, she undertakes her duties with boundless enthusiasm.

    Greece is a country with a high demand for blood, mainly owing to the numbers of children with thalassaemia major who, throughout their tragically short lives, regularly attend the local hospitals for monthly transfusions; fortunately, these numbers are decreasing thanks to routine prenatal testing and the offer of early abortion.

    Many systems have been devised to cover these additional needs, including the inducement of days off to army recruits and civil servants who become donors, but it is still common practice, for those undergoing operations where transfusion is likely to be …

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