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

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 exposé 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 In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf?s blood into one of Paris?s most notorious madmen...

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Title:Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
Author:Holly Tucker
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

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

  • Yune
    Oct 21, 2012
    There's nothing actually misleading about the subtitle, but I was expecting a different scope for this work, which centers around an early human blood transfusion experiment that gave rise to a murder trial. I will say that Tucker is meticulous about depicting contemporaneous societal ...
  • Jammies
    Mar 30, 2011
    In one way, this book is difficult to read. It deals with some truly horrific experiments in the name of science and some truly horrific human stupidity. In another way, this book is easy to read. The writing flows smoothly, the events narrated are fascinating and the science is exp...
  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    Nov 16, 2015
    An interesting little book about the 17th century science of blood, blood circulation and blood transfusion. The book is a well researched narrative of the "race" between the French and the English to see who could do the first successful blood transfusion and is, at times, rather grap...
  • Jamie Collins
    Feb 06, 2015
    2.5 stars. This has some interesting information about 17th-century attempts to transfuse blood from one living creature to another, describing experiments which began with dogs (those poor dogs) and escalated to humans. The focus is on one particular experiment in which the death of t...
  • Amanda
    Mar 08, 2011
    Blood Work is a non-fictional account of the first blood transfusions which took place in England and France during Scientific Revolution in the 1600s. If you've ever read any historical fiction or non-fiction from this period and onwards through the 1800s, you'll notice odd medical pr...
  • Jenny Maloney
    Jul 03, 2012
    If you open up this book to the table of contents, you'll see chapter titles such as: "The Doctor and the Madman" "The Age of Vivisection" "The Blood of a Beast" And, if you're anything like me, you think: Cool. I knew only the most preliminary bits of 17th century history be...
  • Tanya
    Jan 12, 2011
    Blood Work is a solid historical monologue, though to call it "a tale of medicine and murder" is a clear attempt to pull in readers that wouldn't normally read medical history. The "murder" part of the tale comprises a mere few pages, while the great majority of the book traces the pro...
  • Red
    Mar 04, 2011
    Discord at the frontier of scientific progress seems inevitable; some yearn to forge ahead while others want to slam on the brakes. This book provides a fascinating look at the origins of blood transfusion and the attendant controversy. Surprisingly, this took place prior to anesthesia...
  • Nicole
    Dec 29, 2010
    Let me start my saying that this book sat on my shelf way too long! Holly Tucker tells such an interesting tale with this work of nonfiction. I learned so much about the history of medicine, blood transfusions and the role of religion in the study of medicine. Her use of primary source...
  • Krista
    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucker asks 2 questions here: What is the Scientific Revolution? and Has the Scientific Revolution left us? She shows the SR to have been a lively, morally dubious, highly competitive, and thoroughly disgusting business, and places it alongside its political context (Lou...
  • K. Lincoln
    Jul 13, 2016
    "On a cold day n 1667, a renegade physician named Jean-Baptiste Denis transfused calf's blood into one of Paris' notorious madmen" Thus starts the jacket flap of this book about the first incidences of natural philosophers in England and France doing (quite horrific to my modern eye...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 09, 2011
    I loved it! A real live murder mystery - all based on historical data from the dark world of medical experimentation and revelation. A great book and a very approachable author. Check out her webpage at "www.wondersandmarvels.com" for many more delicious, historical tidbits from t...
  • Stephanie
    Feb 07, 2011
    I had no idea that the science of blood transfusion went back so far (these scientists were working in the mid-17th century). Interesting and a little terrifying to find out how they went about figuring it out- of course, they only got so far before the whole idea was banned for nearly...
  • Carol
    Jan 12, 2011
    Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution is a thoroughly researched and richly illustrated early history of blood transfusions. The writing is clear and easy to understand. I had no trouble following the history. It is written as if the author was dire...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Sep 13, 2015
    Science discoveries are often thought of as an area of intelligent human endeavor full of emotional reserve and reasonable educated caution. But any reader who enjoys reading books about the history of science knows that the people who explored what we today call science subjects were ...
  • Megan
    Jan 02, 2012
    Overall I enjoyed this book but at some points found it hard to follow. The book was very well researched and put together but I often got confused which person did what and if they were English or French, which was often times important. I had never really thought about the history of...
  • Juno
    Jul 12, 2011
    I'm 44% of the way through this and finding my enjoyment of a truly gripping tale of murder and science distinctly hampered by the quality of the writing. Too much novelistic projecting of emotions onto the characters and disjointed. When Denis transfused lamb's blood into a 16 year ol...
  • Gregg
    Jan 11, 2011
    This was a very well researched history of the early days of blood transfusion. National rivalries, political intrigue, money, ego and religion all played a roll in the race to understand blood, as the study slowly moved from alchemy and superstition to empirical science. As it s...
  • Landon
    Mar 02, 2011
    "Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution" is a non-fiction piece telling the history of blood transfusions, from the first animal to animal transfusion up through a handful of human transfusions, and ending with Blood Transfusions becoming more or less ba...
  • Almeta
    Apr 18, 2011
    My sister can testify that I am not a good blood voyeur. During every movie or television show that depicts blood letting, you will find me with my eyes firmly shut. Gore I handle, blood I do not. (Exorcist ?s vomiting child is okay, but when they stick that needle in her neck and bl...
  • Elizabeth
    Feb 17, 2011
    Excellent book for those who like science with their history. I would recommend this to fans of Mary Roach or Deborah Blum, or to anyone with scientific/medical curiosity. This is far from a dry recitation of facts. Like any good historical work, it helps the reader grasp the much larg...
  • Ginger Campbell
    Feb 27, 2011
    As a physician I was fascinated to learn that the first blood transfusions were attempted way back in the 1660's. However, what really made this book interesting was the contrasting reactions in England and France. Not only is this a fascinating story from the early days of science, it...
  • Linda Leaming
    Feb 21, 2011
    This is what I loved about Blood Work: from the very beginning Holly Tucker?s sense of place and time, 17th century Paris during the Age of Enlightenment, is conveyed in absolute perfect detail and she hooks us in like a great murder mystery. At the same time, we gain information a...
  • Yvonne
    Jan 31, 2011
    Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker is meticulously researched and retold in a way that sucks the reader right in. While the subject matter is itself very interesting, the fabulous writing by Ms. Tucker raises it to an even more impres...
  • KC
    Apr 22, 2011
    Blood Work is an interesting non-fiction work that chronicles the beginning of blood transfusions in the 17th century in France and England. Scientists started experimenting in blood transfusions long before the knew anything about the composition or purpose of blood- many still did no...
  • Jenny
    Apr 06, 2017
    Tucker begins her book with a Prologue that connects the earliest blood transfusions with modern stem cell research. Then, her first chapter tells the story of Denis' blood transfusions on the "madman," Mauroy. She then goes back to tell the reader how the idea of blood transfusions ca...
  • Sue
    Mar 29, 2012
    Well-researched and intensely interesting; chock-full of details about the mysteries of blood and early transfusions around the 1600?s, comparing the advances experimented between England and France, historically foes in every way. The bibliography was fantastic. As the author, Ho...
  • ☕Laura
    Apr 04, 2013
    This was a very interesting look at the early history of blood transfusion and the political, philosophical and religious issues surrounding it. ...
  • Ricky Valles
    Apr 01, 2013
    I enjoyed reading this book about the history of blood transfusion during the 17th century. This book goes into the intense conflict between France and England; competing with each other over who is ahead in the field of science. Although his book is about blood transfusion it is prima...
  • Anna
    Jan 17, 2016
    Really fantastic! It was highly detail-intensive, which at times could be a little tedious, but overall it was a very informative and interesting book! ...