Blood - The Stuff of Life

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In Blood , bestselling author Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today. Blood runs red through every person’s arteries, and fulfill...
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In Blood, bestselling author Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today.

Blood runs red through every person’s arteries, and fulfills the same functions in every human being. However, as much as the study and use of blood has helped advance our understanding of human biology, its cultural and social representations have divided us perennially. Blood pulses through religions, literature, and the visual arts, and every time it pools or spills, we learn a little more about what brings human beings together and what divides them.

This book is a fascinating historical and contemporary interpretation of blood, as a bold and enduring determinant of identity, race, culture, citizenship, belonging, privilege, deprivation, athletic superiority, and nationhood.


 

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Series: CBC Massey Lecture

     
     
     

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    'Passionately written and deeply informative.' -- Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies 'A rich volume... Part autobiography, part medical history and part cultural reflection, Hill dissects the many meanings of blood, in all times and all cultures, including our own.' -- William Bynum, Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine, University College London 'With compelling stories from history, science and his own family, Lawrence Hill shows the physical and metaphorical value of this liquid that we all share, yet which is so often used to divide us.' -- Hugh Aldersey-Williams, bestselling author of Periodic Tales 'Brilliant and evocative... This is a history of life and of death, of health and sickness, of science, superstition and religion, of the very building blocks of family, ancestry and inheritance.' -- Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women 'A beautiful and erudite biography of that which courses through us all - I was totally captivated.' -- James Davies, author of Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good 'Hill not only reveals the wisdom of our bodies, but also forces us to confront our prejudices and re-evaluate the meaning of our lives. Blood is biography at its best.' -- Mark Jackson, Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Exeter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
     

    About the Author

    Lawrence Hill:Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, including the national bestseller Someone Knows My Name; Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada; and Some Great Thing. He also co-authored, with Joshua Key, The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq.

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