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The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy

Richard Titmuss


This book's author was a pioneer in the field of social administration (now social policy). In this reissued classic, listed by the New York Times as one of the 10 most important books of the year when it was first published in 1970, the author compares blood donation in the US and UK, contrasting the British system of reliance on voluntary donors to the American one in which the blood supply is in the hands of for-profit enterprises, concluding that a system based on altruism is both safer and more economically efficient. The argument about how altruism binds societies together has proved a p ... More

Keywords: social administration, social policy, blood donation, voluntary donors, blood supply, altruism, welfare provision, health care policy, welfare system, health system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447349570
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447349570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Titmuss, author