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Blood Work by Holly Tucker
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Mar 08, 11

Read from March 02 to 08, 2011

Fairly interesting look at the history of research into blood transfusion, particularly one experiment in the 1600s that effectively derailed research for almost a century and a half. It was mostly interesting and educational, and the author did a good job of putting the events into context societally, culturally and politically. However, I felt that sometimes she just added too much background information, and it seemed the book was mostly supporting information rather than the main story. If she had trimmed the supporting information to what I thought would have been most important and relevant, the book would have been only half the length; perhaps that's why she padded it so much, to make sure it would be more than 200 pages. Either way, mostly recommended.
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