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Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth-Century America
by Keith Wailoo
In Drawing Blood, medical historian Keith Wailoo uses the story of blood diseases to explain how physicians in this century wielded medical technology to define disease, carve out medical specialties, and shape political agendas. As Wailoo's account makes clear, the seemingly straightforward process of identifying disease is invariably influenced by personal, professional, ...more
Paperback, (The Henry E. Sigerist Series in the History of Medicine), 304 pages
Published February 12th 1999 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published March 31st 1997)
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Apr 14, 2013 Michael Burnam-fink rated it 5 of 5 stars
It's not often that I can describe an academic book as 'sexy', but that's practically the only word for Drawing Blood. Wailoo does an incredibly job looking at a century of blood work in terms of technology, diagnosis, and disciplinary authority. A fascinating and critical book in the history of medicine.