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Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies

Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies

by Julian Guthrie


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A remarkable, uplifting story about one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 20th century

In 1951 in Sydney, Australia, a fourteen-year-old boy named James Harrison was near death when he received a transfusion of blood that saved his life. A few years later, and half a world away, a shy young doctor at Columbia University realized he was more comfortable in the lab than in the examination room. Neither could have imagined how their paths would cross, or how they would change the world.

In Good Blood, bestselling writer Julian Guthrie tells the gripping tale of the race to cure a horrible blood disease known as Rh disease that stalked families and caused a mother’s immune system to attack her own unborn child. The story is anchored by two very different men on two continents: Dr. John Gorman in New York, who would land on a brilliant yet contrarian idea, and an unassuming Australian whose almost magical blood—and his unyielding devotion to donating it—would save millions of lives.

Good Blood takes us from Australia to America, from research laboratories to hospitals, and even into Sing Sing prison, where experimental blood trials were held. It is a tale of discovery and invention, the progress and pitfalls of medicine, and the everyday heroics that fundamentally changed the health of women and babies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419743313
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,134,966
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Julian Guthrie is a journalist and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won numerous awards and had her writing nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of four previous books, including the bestsellers The Billionaire and the Mechanic,How to Make a Spaceship, and her most recent, Alpha Girls.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Making of a Superhero 1

Chapter 2 The Blood Detective 10

Chapter 3 A Home at the Bank 23

Chapter 4 Life Is a Mystery 30

Chapter 5 The Hobby of Happiness 40

Chapter 6 The Ferrets Sneezed! 43

Chapter 7 The Downside of a Miracle 53

Chapter 8 Welcome to Sing Sing 58

Chapter 9 Red-Blooded James 67

Chapter 10 The Trials of Prison 73

Chapter 11 A Daring Delivery 84

Chapter 12 A Revolution in Medicine 95

Chapter 13 Lights! Camera! Action! 111

Chapter 14 The First Ladies 123

Chapter 15 "The Switch of a Light" 132

Chapter 16 A Difficult Dry Spell 141

Chapter 17 A Showstopping Performance 154

Chapter 18 One of Their Own 160

Chapter 19 The Mother of Invention 172

Chapter 20 Golden Arm, Broken Heart 179

Chapter 21 Peace in the Azaleas 190

Chapter 22 The Lessons of a Lifetime 202

Chapter 23 The Infinite Lifeline 212

Epilogue: A War Still Being Waged 227

Author's Note 239

Acknowledgments 244

About the Author 245

Photograph Credits 246

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