Blood Work

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393342239
  • 9780393342239
  • 178,466

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

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About Holly Tucker

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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