Friday Reads: Blood, Blood, Blood, I LOVE BLOOD! (10/5/18)

I love a a bloody good story and what’s bloodier than the human heart, surgery, and well, blood itself?

NINE PINTS: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
by Rose George

3 starred reviews!

“George delivers an informative, elegant, and provocative exploration of the life-giving substance she describes as ‘stardust and the sea’ for its iron content derived from the demise of supernovas and its water and salt from the oceans of our origin. George’s wondrously well-written work makes for bloody good reading!” Booklist, starred review

“The author packs her book with the kinds of provocative, witty, and rigorously reported facts and stories sure to make readers view the integral fluid coursing through our veins in a whole new way. An intensive, humanistic examination of blood in all its dazzling forms and functions.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Excellent… Recommended for nonexperts curious about their own bodies and blood as commodity in the world economy.” Library Journal, starred review

HEART: A History
by Sandeep Jahuar

ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick!

“Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, cardiologist Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. “Throughout, Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

UNDER THE KNIFE: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations
by Arnold van de Laar

“Amsterdam surgeon Van de Laar devotes his first book to vivid descriptions of notable surgeries, from ancient times to the present. Trial, error, and gore fill these lively accounts of professionals (and a few amateurs) wielding the scalpel to remedy bodily affliction. Van de Laar captures the drama in the Dallas operating room where Lee Harvey Oswald was admitted with acute injuries to the aorta and interior vena cava. He depicts Italian surgeons using their hands to scoop blood clots out of John Paul II’s abdomen after the 1981 attempt on the Pope’s life, and recounts how a Dutch blacksmith successfully cut into his own body in 1651 to remove a kidney stone… Fast-paced and lucid, this is medical history not for those with weak stomachs.”Publishers Weekly

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