Strange Blood : The Rise and Fall of Lamb Blood Transfusion in 19th Century Medicine and Beyond
19th Century Animal Clinical Practice Cultural History History of Medicine History of Science History Human-Animal Studies Human Lamb Blood Medical History Medicine HISTORY / Social History
transcript-Verlag 2020EISBN 3839451639
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.