Blood Work : A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
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.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 137.16 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
- 21 May 2012
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
"Smart and addictive." -- Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook "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 "Ingenious, engaging, and disquieting. . . . Tucker masterfully narrates a rich tale about the competing passions of faith, politics, and knowledge." -- Boston Globe
About Holly Tucker
Holly Tucker is a professor in the Department of French and Italian as well is in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and a Best Book of the Times Literary Supplement and Seattle Times. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and Aix-en-Provence, France.