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Blood by Douglas Starr
Sep 05, 2012 | ISBN 9780307823564

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Douglas Starr’s history of blood in science, medicine, and commerce is

“Fascinating…A rich story admirably told”–New York Times

“Extraordinarily intriguing”–Science News

“Definitive…an outstanding chronicle”–Atlanta Journal

“Illuminating…More than historical narrative…Starr also provokes a good deal of thought about the mismanagement of this ‘precious and dangerous medicine'”–Boston Globe


“‘An exhaustive expose´ of the worldwide business of blood. Starr traces the links between the AIDS crisis and the distribution of contaminated blood products in the early 80’s…An unnerving must-read on how the politics of blood affects us all”–The Advocate

“A story of appalling greed…Thoroughly documented”–Booklist

“Fascinating…Starr’s book is the story of blood, but it is also the story of money, and the dance of death the two of them have lately been doing.”        
New York Review of Books

“An intriguing book with some important lessons for public health.”        
Business Week

“This rewarding book, filled with sharp science, has everything from a brief survey of bloodletting to the massive mobilization of donated blood for the invasion of Normandy. But its real subject is the postwar rise of the ‘blood-services-complex,’ which controls the global market for blood products.”
The New Yorker

The Sciences

“Totally fascinating”–Library Journal

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