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Volume 1, Issue 1, 2009, ISSN 2150-8127
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
Sreedhar Krishna

This short review examines Douglas Starr’s impressively titled, “Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce.” Starr, an associate professor of journalism at Boston University, introduces his topic by recounting disastrous early experiments on blood. Shifting through the gears admirably, he discusses all the key milestones in the history of blood without rendering the text overly dense. As the title suggests, blood is considered a commodity. Reading the book provokes many dilemmas, not least whether blood should be attributed monetary value. Starr, however, leaves such judgment up to the reader. It is highly recommended. Full Article