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.

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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.

“Excellent. . . . Tucker’s chronicle of the world of 17th-century science in London and Paris is fascinating.”—The Economist

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Author Holly Tucker
Publisher W.W. Norton
Page Count 336pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25 x 1
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date May 21, 2012
ISBN 978-0393342239

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