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Blood Work: A Tale Of Medicine And Murder In The Scientific Revolution (2011)

by Holly Tucker(Favorite Author)
3.63 of 5 Votes: 4
0393070557 (ISBN13: 9780393070552)
W. W. Norton & Company
review 1: The stories of early medical research and experimentation are always interesting to read. Early medical practice was filled with the kind of "cures" that could and did kill. In this case, the story of early transfusions and blood science is made even more insane by the added bonus of a murder. There are necessarily some pretty vivid descriptions of animal experimentation- including vivisection- so know that going in if that kind of thing bothers you. I'll also save you some time - about 90% of the end notes are just the sources for the information given. Very few of them have extra information.Overall, I really liked this, and I would recommend it.
review 2: I enjoyed reading this book about the history of blood transfusion during the 17th century. This book g
... moreoes into the intense conflict between France and England; competing with each other over who is ahead in the field of science. Although his book is about blood transfusion it is primarily centered around the physician Jean-Baptiste Denis, the first individual who performed a human to animal transfusion. After the Denis' story blood transfusion is not talked about for many years, and this book is a good display of why there is a break of blood transfusion research. I recommend this book to anyone interested in history and science. less
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Interesting history of early transfusion experiments.animal lover's be warned- it is honest
Fascinating book about the history of transfusions. Not for the weak-stomached though!
Interesting read; learned a lot about the history of blood transfusions.
Who knew a history of blood transfusions could be so interesting?!
Ugh too gruesome for me.
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