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Nine Pints

A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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An eye-opening exploration of blood, the lifegiving substance with the power of taboo, the value of diamonds and the promise of breakthrough science

Blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. It is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil. It can save lives and transmit deadly infections. Each one of us has roughly nine pints of it, yet many don’t even know their own blood type. And for all its ubiquitousness, the few tablespoons of blood discharged by 800 million women are still regarded as taboo: menstruation is perhaps the single most demonized biological event.

Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, is renowned for her intrepid work on topics that are invisible but vitally important. In Nine Pints, she takes us from ancient practices of bloodletting to modern “hemovigilance” teams that track blood-borne diseases. She introduces Janet Vaughan, who set up the world’s first system of mass blood donation during the Blitz, and Arunachalam Muruganantham, known as “Menstrual Man” for his work on sanitary pads for developing countries. She probes the lucrative business of plasma transfusions, in which the US is known as the “OPEC of plasma.” And she looks to the future, as researchers seek to bring synthetic blood to a hospital near you.

Spanning science and politics, stories and global epidemics, Nine Pints reveals our life's blood in an entirely new light.

©2018 Rose George (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Clayton
  • WEST PALM BEACH, FL, United States
  • 12-11-18

astounding!

I had to fight to turn off my phone to get some sleep. This book is incredibly well researched and written. It is also poignantly funny at times. How I wish I could thank the author in person for this gift!

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  • Evie M
  • FALLS CHURCH, VA, US
  • 01-26-19

fantastic

I loved it. right up my alley, full of so much interesting history and scientific fact to which I was previously unintroduced.

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Funny science

The author and reader conspire to offer us laughable episodes together with heart stopping stories of struggle, error and breakthrough. My favorite chapter concerns trauma... she begins with the story of a tragic bicycle rider and takes us on a journey of extreme effort and humble failure.

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Went on a bloody tangent....

Far, far too much on social issues, specially those connected to women, and very little science. The narrator sounded goofy when making voices.....

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