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Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce Paperback – March 7, 2000
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
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- Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780688176495
- ISBN-13 : 978-0688176495
- Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.24 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; 1st Edition (March 7, 2000)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0688176496
- Best Sellers Rank: #580,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I would have liked to see was more about blood itself and not just its byproducts and use in transfusions, but information about how it became so widely used to test so many things in the body and when they started using these tests, how that fit in with the overall history we were being given. We're given a little info on testing related to AIDS and hepatitis but not to other diseases that can be determined by a blood test or other levels of things in the blood that can tell us about our health. Likewise we are told about the evolution of transfusion equipment but not about basic phlebotomy practices (switching from syringes to the evacuated tube system for example). I'd also like to read about the use of blood in forensics; how viable the samples they get are and how much they can learn from them. But the book focuses singularly on transfusions and blood products as if this is all we've ever done with blood, without even a passing mention to other branches of development.
The author composes a beautiful symphony of history which is very easy to read and very difficult to put down. This book has certainly changed the way I think about business and medicine.
All about the emotional and political implications of blood donation.
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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.