Berner, Boel,

Strange Blood : The Rise and Fall of Lamb Blood Transfusion in 19th Century Medicine and Beyond / Boel Berner. - Bielefeld : transcript-Verlag, [2020] ©2020 - 1 online resource (216 p.) - ( Medical Humanities ; 5 ).

Frontmatter -- Contents -- Prologue -- Introduction: ‘The mighty influence of strange blood’ -- 1. Using the blood of others -- 2. Ambitions and connections -- 3. Blood on the battlefield -- 4. Blood for the lungs -- 5. Asylum experiments -- 6. Proofs and refutations -- 7. Transgressions -- 8. Winding up -- Epilogue: The return -- Notes -- Sources and Literature -- Acknowledgements -- Index of Places -- Index of Names

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In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried to use 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.The book takes the reader on a unique 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 valuable lessons for current debates on the morality of medical experimentation and care.

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.

This eBook is made available Open Access under a CC BY-ND 4.0 license:

In English.


10.14361/9783839451632 doi

19th Century.
Clinical Practice.
Cultural History.
History of Medicine.
History of Science.
Human-Animal Studies.
Lamb Blood.
Medical History.
HISTORY / Social History.

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