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The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy


Acknowledged as one of the classic texts on social policy, Richard M. Titmuss's study of blood donating raises profound economic, political, and ... Show synopsis

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Ron Townsend

Old news but subtantive

by Ron Townsend on Aug 29, 2008

Despite the fact this book was published 37 years and is clearly out of date in regard to current technology and giving it has some interesting information for people who have never given blood including types of donors, suply and demand the 70s which can be compared today, much data on donors. I began donating blood in the spring of 1979 at the Wadley Institute of Molecular Medicine blood bank in Denton, Texas. Since then I have donated in Towson, Maryland, Independence, Mo, Raytown, Missouri, and Kansas City, Mo at the Community Blood Center in KCMO. Wadley and Community Blood Centers were listed as sources in this book. I have spoken to recruiters and written philatelic articles mentioning several men who were motivators in this field. My last donation in June of this year was my 140 pint of whole blood. This book was written a year before President Nixon called for an all volunteer donor base in 1972. In 1971 a postage stamp was issued for blood donation with this concept in mind. One of the outdated facts is that West Nile Virus is a debar now to donation. Also, the discovery of the first AIDS patient in 1977 and subsequent discovery of the Aids virus in 1983 had made a mark on donations in the world. You cannot donate (debar) blood if you test positive for the Aids antibodies. I am not sure if they can test directly for the virus, yet. There is an updated edition of this book in 1997 in which editors articles and essays are written on the current knowledge of the technology. The age limits are now 16 to geriatric ages. My reason for donating in the beginning and now is that it was a selfless gift that was completely anonymous. I can no longer give because I have a mild case of anemia but I talk to everyone I know about donating and wearing t-shirts that promote blood donation usually are seen by hundreds of people dailey. At the time the book was written many people were getting paid for their blood and now plasma donors are still paid. Going to an all volunteer base is not only a safe thing to do but is the right thing to do. I recommend this book as a classic in the knowledge and history of blood donation.

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