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Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by [Starr, Douglas]
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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize"A gripping page-turner, a significant contribution to the history of medicine and technology and a cautionary tale."--Los Angeles Times Book Prize judges' citation"[A] cast-of-thousands continent-spanning saga, complete with heroic physicians and dastardly entrepreneurs. . . . Starr's history . . . inspires a more profound appreciation for a substance we sometimes take for granted."--"Houston Chronicle"Riveting. . . . A fascinating history. . . . A rich story admirably told."--Richard Bernstein, "New York Times"This rewarding book, filled with sharp science, has everything from a brief survey of bloodletting to an account of the massive mobilization of donated blood for the Allied 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"Reads like a thriller. Starr is a wonderful storyteller as well as a sober historian."--"Dallas Morning News""Blood is a story of human frailty and courage, a book from which any reader could learn."--"New England Journal of Medicine"Starr's lively history . . . courses with greed, altruism, and woozily vivid detail."--"Entertainment Weekly (?A? rating)"Meticulously researched, elegantly told."--"Newsday"Starr writes like a wildly enthusiastic high school biology teacher who arrives each day bristling with excitement, leaping about before the chalkboard, cracking jokes, and zealously banging his fist on his desk. Even the most indifferent brats pay attention, and so too will readers. . . . Starr has created what amounts to a history of the human race perceived through the filter of blood as medicalproduct."--"Village Voice Literary Supplement""Blood should be included in all first- and second-year medical curricula."--"Scientific American"Thoroughly researched and often shocking."--"Washington Post Book World

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Douglas Starr is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Codirector of the Graduate program in Science Journalism at Boston University. A former newspaper reporter and field biologist, he has written on the environment, medicine, and science for a variety of publications including Smithsonian, Audubon, and Sports Illustrated. Starr lives near Boston with his wife and two sons.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3309 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (5 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WONZPI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I originally took this book out of my local library to do a research project for my final exam in History. Since the culmination of my research, I have rented this book three more times in to read it for my own enjoyment. The topic of blood is purely fascinating. Starr has brilliantly written a book that informs the reader of important issues, as well as being entertaining and thought provoking. The reader gets a profound understanding of the importance of blood that spans from the 17th century, though World Wars, and through current problems with AIDS in the world's blood supply. I have never read a nonfiction book that has kept my attention as acutely as this one. This book is truly one that you'll want to keep.
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An entertaining account of blood from a cultural and medical perspective that's studded with individual stories and historical context. I found it extremely interesting, learning a great deal about the challenges faced by the medical profession when developing blood transfusion into a reliable, lifesaving process and beyond. The scope of this book is enormous but I particularly enjoyed the insight into how medicine moved from quackery to a scientific discipline.

The book is not that easy to get hold of in the UK - I had to buy 2nd hand, however, I am glad I did and would happily recommend this excellent book to others.

It is very readable and littered with facts that will make you more interesting to people with an interest in blood-facts.
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By A Customer on 10 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a very thorough, and thoroughly interesting, book about blood. It might be hard to imagine that one substance could be the subject of a facsinating history, but it is just that. This book is almost like a series of stories, one building upon the other, and it has ignited my interest in medical history generally. I wholeheartedly recommend.
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Format: Hardcover
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. The author tells the story of blood in a lively, well-researched manner. His descriptions are riveting, sometimes chilling, but always informative and exciting. His stories about the players in this industry are so compelling that you think you know them firsthand. The latter parts of the book, about AIDs and the safety of the world's blood suppy are disturbing yet teach us important lessons about public health. This book is destined to become a classic.
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