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Strange Blood

The Rise and Fall of Lamb Blood Transfusion in 19th Century Medicine and Beyond

Boel Berner
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Boel Berner, Strange Blood (2020), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839451632

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Beschreibung / Abstract

In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried it as a cure for tuberculosis, pellagra and anemia; proposed it as a means to reanimate seemingly dead soldiers on the battlefield. It was a contested therapy because it meant crossing boundaries and challenging taboos. Was the transfusion of lamb blood into desperately sick humans really defensible?
The book takes the reader on a journey into hospital wards and lunatic asylums, physiological laboratories and 19th century wars. It presents a fascinating story of medical knowledge, ambitions and concerns - a story that provides lessons for current debates on the morality of medical experimentation and care.

Beschreibung

Boel Berner is a sociologist, historian, and professor emerita at Linköping University in Sweden. In her research she investigates the character and power of expertise, historically and today. She has studied education and work, the gendered nature of technical knowledge, household modernization, and issues of risk. Her current work is oriented towards the history of medicine. It focuses, besides questions of blood donation and transfusion, on the politics of blood group analysis in the interwar years.

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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 License (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Prologue
  • Introduction: ‘The mighty influence of strange blood’
  • PART I: SETTING THE SCENE
  • 1. Using the blood of others
  • 2. Ambitions and connections
  • PART II: PRACTICES
  • 3. Blood on the battlefield
  • 4. Blood for the lungs
  • 5. Asylum experiments
  • PART III: CONTROVERSY
  • 6. Proofs and refutations
  • 7. Transgressions
  • PART IV: THE FALL
  • 8. Winding up
  • Epilogue: The return
  • Notes
  • Sources and Literature
  • Archives
  • Websites
  • Literature
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index of Places
  • Index of Names

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