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HematologiesThe Political Life of Blood in India$
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Jacob Copeman and Dwaipayan Banerjee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501745096

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501745096.001.0001

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The Broken World of Transfusion

The Broken World of Transfusion

(p.152) 5 The Broken World of Transfusion

Jacob Copeman

Dwaipayan Banerjee

Cornell University Press

This chapter is concerned with perceptions and campaigns concerning how doctors prescribe too much of that which has already been given. The proportions of the transfusion, say clinical activists and others, are all wrong in Indian medicine. Once more, then, the focus is on proportionality and on educational campaigning, but here there is a different target. If donors do not give enough because they think they have a deficit when in fact (according to the campaign) they have a surplus, doctors prescribe blood as if they have a surplus when in fact they have a deficit. The irony is obvious: in so doing, of course, they exacerbate this deficit. Once more, excess is at stake, and the different spheres of excess interlock and inform one another.

Keywords:   excess blood, transfusion, Indian medicine, educational campaigning, proportionality, clinical activists, blood transfusion

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