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Blood Work

A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

Holly Tucker (Author, Vanderbilt University)

 

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

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 Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34223-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Ingenious, engaging, and disquieting. . . . Tucker masterfully narrates a rich tale about the competing passions of faith, politics, and knowledge.” — Boston Globe

“Multilayered and engrossing . . . a riveting story.” — Seattle Times

“Tucker’s sleuthing adds drama to an utterly compelling picture of Europe at the moment when modern science was being shaped.” — Publishers Weekly

“Smart and addictive.” — Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook

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