The book is delightfully written and painstakingly researched.
It is one of those books that you read and you cannot stop telling other people about it, recommending it to them before you have even finished it yourself!
These are the bare facts of the story Holly Tucker tells in Blood Work, a novelistic mix of history, science, and the politics of Enlightenment-era Europe.
The scientific parts are not terribly scientific, and the murder is not terribly well explained. The prose is inoffensive but ordinary. Read morePublished 8 days ago by avidreader
The book does a workmanlike job of covering the blood-transfusion controversies and fallouts from the mid-1600s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Rice
I bought this book after listening to a podcast on the subject and it didn't disappoint. It would seem that the fears of 300 years ago are still with us today. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary Virginia
As a former nurse who has a morbid fascination with crime and death, my wife follows many crime series and reads a lot of mysteries. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Rogers
I heard about this book after listening to the author on the 'Stuff You Missed In History Class' podcast. it sounds like a fascinating tale and I can't wait to learn more about it.Published 11 months ago by John McManus
A well written treatise, but on a highly specialised and narrow topic. Probably my fault, but I was expecting a broader review of the history and development of blood transfusion. Read morePublished 13 months ago by escritorus
Holly Tucker's BLOOD WORK is an accurate, captivating representation of what was an otherwise poorly documented medical breakthrough--a must-read for any person interested in the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Russell J. Pepe
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder could have been a very interesting and historically significant publication had it not been tainted by Tucker's support for embryonic... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Maryann Bowne