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Bad Blood: Crisis in the American Red Cross

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Investigative journalist Judith Reitman delivers the never-before-told story of the American Red Cross's fall from grace -- an incredible account of gross mismanagement and shocking neglect. From the Red Cross's decision in 1983 not to use an HIV-screening test, to May 1993 when the FDA brought an unprecedented lawsuit against the organization and its president for thousan ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Pinnacle (first published October 1st 1996)
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Lindz Peters
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A terrifying portrayal of an avoidable disaster. Definitely an era of transfusion medicine to learn from.
Kristin
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be a good, albeit one-sided, portrayal of the scandal that hit the Red Cross when HIV was discovered to be bloodbourne. The author covered all of the minute details of the court cases, the shifts in policy, etc. so that readers have a really firm hold on what was going on. In the end, it made the Red Cross out to be some really ugly monster, which I believe was the point of the book.
Unfortunately, at times, it bordered on the so-detailed-it's-dry. because page after page of
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Fishface
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
A really good read, in an appalling way. Exposes the inexcusable (in)actions of the American Red Cross early in the AIDS crisis, extending years beyond the point when they could possibly justify themselves. The chapter that dealt with their actions on the day of the Oklahoma City Bombing was another bombshell -- you should pardon the expression. If you're looking for a demonstration of the difference between lip servicve and the real thing, look no farther.
Jackie Ensley
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe somewhat one-sided but a great view of the crisis that occurred and the lessons we can learn from it; no organization is without faults.
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Very Informative.
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