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Early Blood Transfusion

Speaker: Holly Tucker, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Early Blood Transfusion: Science, Society, and Lessons from the Past”
Location: Bernard Becker Medical Library, King Center, 7th floor
Time: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 pm

A free lecture supported by the Becker Library and the Center for History of Medicine

Holly Tucker

The first human blood transfusions were performed in the late seventeenth century: the initial blood donors were animals. Within three years after the transfusion trials began, the practice was banned in France and abandoned in other European countries. Dr. Tucker will focus on the complex history of these early transfusions and explore what insights they may offer for the reception of biomedical innovation—and the tensions between science and society—in our own day.

 

Holly Tucker, Ph.D. teaches at Vanderbilt University where she is Professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society (School of Medicine) and Professor in the Department of French & Italian (College of Arts & Science). She is the author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine & Murder in the Scientific Revolution; Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth & the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France; and the upcoming, City of Light, City of Poison.

 

                

            

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