Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce

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Powerfully involving narrative and incisive detail, clarity and inherent drama: Blood offers in abundance the qualities that define the best popular science writing. Here is the sweeping story of a substance that has been feared, revered, mythologized, and used in magic and medicine from earliest times--a substance that has become the center of a huge, secretive, and often dangerous worldwide commerce.

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Blood was described by judges as "a gripping page-turner, a significant contribution to the history of medicine and technology and a cautionary tale. Meticulously reported and exhaustively documented."

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Don't faint! Blood may be a highly charged substance, symbolic of our spirit and essential for life, but we can gain much from reflecting on its power over us. Science journalist Douglas Starr has examined the history of blood's medical uses, and his report is at once intellectually engaging and emotionally compelling. Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce covers the late 17th century to the present, detailing experiments with animal blood (one violent madman was briefly calmed by infused calf's blood), the long ban on transfusions, direct artery-to-vein suture between donor and recipient, and today's global blood-banking industry. It's a great story that shows the long climb from great risk and heroism to relative safety.

Our greatest stumble during this climb--the AIDS crisis of the 1980s--is the meat of the book. How could it have happened? Why were so many people given contaminated blood products after clear warnings about the risks of infection? Starr is unafraid to name names and lay bare the political and financial decisions that condemned so many thousands of hemophiliacs and surgical patients to early deaths. Those who don't learn from the past are bound to repeat it; Starr aims to help us keep the blood off of our hands. --Rob Lightner

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Douglas Starr's history of blood in science, medicine, and commerce is

"Fascinating...A rich story admirably told"--New York Times

"Extraordinarily intriguing"--Science News

"Definitive...an outstanding chronicle"--Atlanta Journal

"Illuminating...More than historical narrative...Starr also provokes a good deal of thought about the mismanagement of this 'precious and dangerous medicine'"--Boston Globe

"Gripping"--Newsday

"'An exhaustive expose´ of the worldwide business of blood. Starr traces the links between the AIDS crisis and the distribution of contaminated blood products in the early 80's...An unnerving must-read on how the politics of blood affects us all"--The Advocate

"A story of appalling greed...Thoroughly documented"--Booklist

"Fascinating...Starr's book is the story of blood, but it is also the story of money, and the dance of death the two of them have lately been doing."        
--New York Review of Books

"An intriguing book with some important lessons for public health."        
--Business Week

"This rewarding book, filled with sharp science, has everything from a brief survey of bloodletting to the massive mobilization of donated blood for the invasion of Normandy. But its real subject is the postwar rise of the 'blood-services-complex,' which controls the global market for blood products."
--The New Yorker

"Spellbinding"
--The Sciences

"Totally fascinating"--Library Journal

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