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Blood By Douglas Starr

Blood by Douglas Starr

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* The fascinating story of blood: its transformation from sacrament to leading resource to global business to lethally contaminated killer.

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Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr

The story of blood is a story of transformation, divided into three eras. The first period, from antiquity to the early twentieth century, involves the transformation of blood from a magical substance - the blood of Christ as holy sacrament - to a component of human anatomy, capable of being studied and turned into a source of healing. In the next era, which lasts until the end of the Second World War, the scientific curiosity of blood becomes a strategic material. We see medical scientists master the resource, learning the techniques of mass collections and storage, ironically aided in their research by the battlefield necessities of two world wars. In the final period, the global traffic in blood-products explodes, saving the lives of untold transfusion recipients and haemophiliacs, but resulting in some of the worst medical calamities western science has known.Is blood a gift of charity or a pharmaceutical product, no more precious than, say, penicillin? The way in which societies decide to answer this question will determine how we deal with this precious yet dangerous resource in the years to come.

Blood Reviews

Clear-eyed and wrought with superb attention to detail, this is first-class science writing, with a striking message * KIRKUS REVIEWS *
Gripping and well-written * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *
A vivid account ... readable and engaging. * THE ECONOMIST *
This is an intriguing look at the impact of this business on lives at stake, both now and throughout history. * TEESIDE EVENING GAZETTE *

About Douglas Starr

Douglas Starr, a former newspaper reporter and field biologist, is associate professor of journalism at Boston University He was science editor of 'Bodywatch', a health series that ran for three years on American public television.

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Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
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