Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution


By (author) Holly Tucker

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393342239
  • ISBN 13: 9780393342239
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 133,759

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In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf's blood into one of Paris's most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting expose of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.

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Author information

Holly Tucker is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University's Center for Medicine, Health & Society and Department of French & Italian. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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"Ingenious, engaging, and disquieting... Tucker masterfully narrates a rich tale about the competing passions of faith, politics, and knowledge." "Multilayered and engrossing ... a riveting story." "Tucker's sleuthing adds drama to an utterly compelling picture of Europe at the moment when modern science was being shaped." "Smart and addictive." -- Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook