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August 25, 1999

BloodBlood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association


by Douglas Starr, 441 pp, with illus, $27.50, ISBN 0-679-41875-X, New York, NY, Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;282(8):797-798. doi:10.1001/jama.282.8.797

In writing this history of blood, the development of blood products, and their use in patient care, Mr Starr has gotten it right. He exposes the blood products industry as deeply rooted in world commerce. Starr, an associate professor of journalism and codirector of the graduate program in science journalism at Boston University, also gives his students, his colleagues, and his readers a lesson in telling the complete tale. Indeed, he tells his story in readable epic fashion. As reader, physician, blood donor, and participant in a short segment of the tale told, I enjoyed this book. In fact, it was a topic of conversation among the blood bankers present at a recent conference in Dallas. The story exposes historic episodes of interest to users of blood, including surgeons, internists, and hematologists.

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