Blood Group Tables


    THE rapid increase in the literature on blood groups makes it desirable to have a reference work on the subject. Dr. William C. Boyd has supplied this need (Tabulæ Biologicæ, 17, 113–240) by presenting the basic facts in tabular form with a minimal amount of text. All the essential facts regarding blood groups are given, together with nearly 500 references to the literature. Part 1 is general, its nine sections including tabular treatment of the chemical and serological nature of the agglutinogens A, B, M and N; relations to other species; subgroups; heredity of the types; medico-legal applications; relation to disease; and blood groups in animals. Part 2 is anthropological, giving maps of the world distribution of the A and B and complete tables of the frequency of A and B as well as M and N in the various ethnic stocks tested in all parts of the world up to the time of publication. By the use of two kinds of type an attempt is made to distinguish between the more reliable results and those which, because of small numbers (less than 200) or for other reasons, are regarded as less reliable. This compilation of the serological and anthropological facts regarding the blood groups will be of much service to all workers who are interested in this subject.

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    Blood Group Tables. Nature 144, 321–322 (1939).

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