Blood and Justice: The 17 Century Parisian Doctor Who Made Blood Transfusion History / Edition 1

Blood and Justice: The 17 Century Parisian Doctor Who Made Blood Transfusion History / Edition 1

by Pete Moore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0470848421

ISBN-13: 9780470848425

Pub. Date: 12/06/2002

Publisher: Wiley

Blood transfusion today is a routine medical procedure. Yet in the 17th century the idea of giving somebody blood rather than blood letting was dangerously unconventional. English pioneers like Robert Boyle, Christopher Wren and Richard Lower had performed a numerous experiments on animals, but nobody except Denis had dared to transfuse blood into a human being.

Overview

Blood transfusion today is a routine medical procedure. Yet in the 17th century the idea of giving somebody blood rather than blood letting was dangerously unconventional. English pioneers like Robert Boyle, Christopher Wren and Richard Lower had performed a numerous experiments on animals, but nobody except Denis had dared to transfuse blood into a human being.

Denis' idea was both simple and radical. By transfusing the blood of a calm, innocent calf into that of the dissolute and insane Mauroy he would cure him of his madness. The moral dilemma was obvious: Should he leave Mauroy in his misery and resign himself to obscurity or should he attempt to play God and earn his place in history?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470848425
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/06/2002
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Plates.

Note on sources.

Acknowledgements.

• Cast ?, and people mentioned, in order of appearance.

1 A Vital Fluid.

2 Building on Harvey.

3 English Infusion.

4 Scientific Society.

5 English Transfusions.

6 Denis 'Route to the Top.

7 Precedence and Prison.

8 Playing Catch-Up.

9 Mauroy Mystery.

10 The Great Debate.

11 Mistake, Malice or Murder?

Notes.

Timeline.

Bibliography.

Further reading.

Index.

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