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Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
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message 1: by Tim (last edited Apr 01, 2011 04:25PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tim Titolo (goodreadscomtimtitolo) | 7 comments I know Ginger recommended this book by Holly Tucker as more than a story of murder but of the schism between culture and science in the 1600s. I bought a copy and am enjoying it. The novel ideas of transfusing blood between animals and people as a cure for various ailments.
It makes me wonder how our current knowledge of things like the brain will appear to scientists and the public a hundred years from now.
I am 3/4 done with the book and plan on finishing this weekend.

Virginia MD (gingercampbell) | 321 comments Mod
Holly Tucker's interview will appear on the Books and Ideas podcast at the end of this month.

Tim's response to Blook Work is similar to mine. The more I read about the history of medicine, the more I am struck by how relatively new the idea of science-based medicine really is. Doctors were still bleeding patients well into the 19th century. In fact, bleeding probably contributed to the death of George Washington in 1799.

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