By HP Newquist
Winner of the Magnolia Award
HP Newquist takes younger readers on an attractive journey of the area of blood, from
ancient heritage to fashionable science—with an occasional journey to the very unusual facet of
the most crucial tissue in bodies. Oddly adequate, scientists started to comprehend
this interesting fluid simply in the previous 100 years and the way its microscopic
components nourish the full physique.
Whether the stories of vampires, medieval clinical practices, and Mayan sacrificial
rites captivate or terrify, this entire research into blood’s prior and current
will absolutely enthrall. And if this account is a bit bloodcurdling, good, that’s part the
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A drawing of Hippocrates, one of many world’s first nice medical professionals. Yellow bile managed a person’s mood. an excessive amount of of it made her or him offended, excitable, or uncontrolled. even supposing actual bile is a sort of belly acid, it’s attainable that the Greeks established their notions of bile on assorted blood kinds: black bile might have been the darkish shape that clotted blood takes, and yellow bile might have been the sunshine gold of blood plasma. Hippocrates may have noticeable those shades while blood saved in a box separated through the years into its a variety of elements (the method that salad dressing or fruit smoothies separate into varied degrees of liquid once they were sitting round for a while). Illustrations of the variations within the 4 humors from the 17th century. whilst treating sufferers who have been proposal to have an excessive amount of of 1 humor or another—depending on their symptoms—doctors similar to Hippocrates attempted elimination a few of the humors. This was once performed by means of making the sufferer throw up, via giving the sufferer a drugs that will reason diarrhea, or by way of draining particular quantities of blood from the physique. It was once now not very clinical by way of today’s criteria, however it was once very hot thousand years in the past. really, it used to be renowned until eventually approximately 2 hundred years in the past. Hippocrates’ huge learn of sufferers led him to create a consultant to adjusting the extent of blood in a sufferer. He had an actual bloodletting strategy the place he would chop right into a patient’s vein and allow a specific amount of blood move out. occasionally this used to be a considerable amount—almost adequate to kill an individual. This didn’t cease the medical professionals. They believed that the weak point the sufferer used to be feeling from blood loss used to be an indication that the undesirable humor point used to be being introduced again to basic. Bloodletting as a clinical perform have been round due to the fact ahead of Hippocrates used to be born, yet nobody is sort of convinced who first undertook the process or why. by the point Hippocrates obtained round to doing it, bloodletting used to be a standard scientific prevalence. Hippocrates, even though, was once higher capable than his predecessors to stipulate the best how you can practice it. Hippocrates didn’t get to chop into sufferers to determine if there quite was once an excessive amount of of 1 humor or one other. Like different medical professionals in precedent days, he wasn’t allowed to as a result legislation that safe the our bodies of the lifeless. therefore, so much of his writings have been according to observations of ways humans behaved once they have been ailing or injured. This wasn’t an ideal method to know about the physique, yet he had no selection. but, approximately seventy years after Hippocrates died, one other Greek general practitioner came upon a fashion round the legislation that avoided the inner exam of our bodies. GETTING inside of Herophilus, a Greek physician born in 335 B. C. , was once capable of learn the insides of people by means of going to paintings in Alexandria, Egypt—across the Mediterranean Sea. simply because there have been no Egyptian legislation at the moment combating the examine of useless humans, the rulers of Egypt allowed Herophilus to dissect useless our bodies (called cadavers or corpses). those our bodies have been often these of criminals, which made it slightly more uncomplicated for individuals to tolerate the belief of clinical experiments on corpses.