The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy

The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy


By (author) Richard M Titmuss, Edited by Professor Ann Oakley, Edited by John Ashton, Foreword by Julian Le Grand


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  • Publisher: New Press
  • Format: Hardback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 30mm | 720g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1997
  • ISBN 10: 1565844033
  • ISBN 13: 9781565844032
  • Edition statement: Expanded and Updated ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 371,647

Product description

An updated edition of the classic study of blood donating that revolutionized thinking about the organization of medical care.

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Author information

Richard M. Titmuss was a professor of social administration at the London School of Economics form 1950 until his death in 1973. He had an international reputation as an uncompromising analyst of contemporary social policy and as an expert on the welfare state. His previous books include "Commitment to Welfare.""The Gift Relationship "was his last book. John Ashton is a public health specialist and regional medical officer for the Northwest of England.

Review quote

"A first-class study . . . moving from the relationship between blood donor and blood recipient to that between patient and physician, and thence to the very foundation of human societies." --"The Washington Post"