Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
“Excellent. . . . Tucker’s chronicle of the world of 17th-century science in London and Paris is fascinating.”—The EconomistIn 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... show more
“Excellent. . . . Tucker’s chronicle of the world of 17th-century science in London and Paris is fascinating.”—The EconomistIn 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. 33 illustrations
Publish date: May 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, History Of Science
, True Crime
, 17th Century
Book was organized around the narrative instead of chronological which worked but nessecitated some jumping around and repeating. Liked the intertwining of science, politics, religion-- really felt like I got a feel for the time rather than just facts. Not just a dry recounting, and while there is s...
Lots of back story and gruesome details of the yelping and crying of dogs being tortured in name of the medical science. I wish the author would have concentrated more on the actual mystery, itself. I'll give it to a coworker, and she can't keep it; I won't be reading this again. I'm not saying it's...
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 explained in a way ...