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

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

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by Holly Tucker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393070557

ISBN-13: 9780393070552

Pub. Date: 03/21/2011

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

On a cold day in December 1667 the renegade physician Jean Denis transfused ten ounces of calf's blood into Antoine Mauroy, a madman. Several days and several transfusions later, Mauroy was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting and wide-reaching history, Blood Work shows how blood transfusion became swept up in personal vendettas, international

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On a cold day in December 1667 the renegade physician Jean Denis transfused ten ounces of calf's blood into Antoine Mauroy, a madman. Several days and several transfusions later, Mauroy was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting and wide-reaching history, Blood Work shows how blood transfusion became swept up in personal vendettas, international intrigues, and the war between science and superstition. In a foreshadowing of today's stem cell and cloning debates, proponents saw transfusion as a long-awaited cure to deadly illnesses, while others worried that science was toying with forces of nature, perhaps even paving the way for monstrous hybrid creatures. Taking us from the highest ranks of society to the lowest, Holly Tucker introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters, all ruthless contenders in the battle over transfusion. Finally, in a feat of historical research, she reveals the true identities of Mauroy's murderers—and their motivations to kill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393070552
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Note on Translations xi

Dramatis Personae xiii

Prologue xvii

Chapter 1 The Doctor and the Madman 1

Chapter 2 Circulation 14

Chapter 3 The Age of Vivisection 28

Chapter 4 Plague and Fire 37

Chapter 5 Philosophical Transactions 58

Chapter 6 Noble Ambitions 77

Chapter 7 "How High Will he Not Climb?" 87

Chapter 8 The King's Library 102

Chapter 9 The Philosopher's Stone 114

Chapter 10 The Blood of a Beast 127

Chapter 11 The Tower of London 136

Chapter 12 Bedlam 155

Chapter 13 Monsters and Marvels 474

Chapter 14 The Widow 184

Chapter 15 The Affair of the Poisons 193

Chapter 16 Chimeras 211

Epilogue 227

Blood Transfusion: A Chronology 233

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 241

Bibliography 265

Illustration Credits 291

Index 293

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