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Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution | [Holly Tucker]

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting expos of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.
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Publisher's Summary

In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting expos of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.

©2011 Holly Tucker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Excellent.... Tucker’s chronicle of the world of 17th-century science in London and Paris is fascinating.” (The Economist)

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    Sam brunswick, GA, United States 06-05-13
    Sam brunswick, GA, United States 06-05-13
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    "A great book about history and science"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best science books I have listened to on audible. Well researched and engagingly written. Tucker builds a compelling narrative around the facts of the trial of Jean Baptist Denis, a fascinating and lesser known participant in the scientific revolution.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The solid research that underpins this book makes the extraordinary tale even more compelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tucker's description of transfusion and vivisection in the seventeenth century are a grisly but fascinating onslaught.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    if it bleeds....


    Any additional comments?

    Farhat's narration was also very good.

    I hope that Audible will publish more science books of this quality and less of the dubious self-help and pseudoscience vanity books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik New Jersey 08-05-13
    Erik New Jersey 08-05-13 Member Since 2002

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    "Ok Book, Awful Narrator -- Warning"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood Work the most enjoyable?

    Interesting medical history for period about which little is commonly known.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator does not appear to have professional voice -- my wife and I both felt that her inflection and tone were incredibly "grating". Attempts at dramatic inflection just made things worse. Almost painful to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While enjoyable, it was not such a compelling narrative that I felt the need to get through it in one sitting. Part of the problem was the poor narrator. Listening for too long was just painful.


    Any additional comments?

    I will exercise care never to order a book with this narrator. Audible should not use this narrator again -- at least for any kind of non-fiction (which is genrally all I listen do).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsey Valdosta, Georgia 07-22-13
    Chelsey Valdosta, Georgia 07-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Sounds like text-to-speech not narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Can't even give an honest review of the story because the sound is so bad I can't stand to listen to it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Holly Tucker? Why or why not?

    Sure, if I could hear a real narrator read it.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Farhat’s performance?

    Sounds like text-to-speech, over-enunciates, choppy, terrible!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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