Blood and Justice
- By: Ellen Welch
Millions of blood donations are collected every year and are used in nearly every specialty of medicine to save countless lives. It is taken for granted that blood will be there for us to use when we need itas a doctor treating a patient, or as a patient in need ourselves. It has taken several centuries of research and discovery for blood transfusion to function as effectively as it does today.
Pete Moores Blood and Justice delves into 17th century Europe, a period of innovation. Leading scientists of the day are battling to make history—by transfusing a lambs blood into a human being. Blood was seen as magical and sacred in the 1600s, no one knew where is came from or what it was for. The favoured treatment was to bleed it out of patients, whatever their symptoms. William Harvey was essentially ignored in 1620 when he showed that blood