Blood: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 15, 2016

byChristopher Cooper

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Blood is vital to most animals. In mammals it transports oxygen and food, carries away waste, and contains the white cells that attack invading microbes. Playing a central role in life, it has had profound cultural and historical significance and plays an important role in religious ritual.Blood was one of the four humours in early Western medicine and is still probably the major diagnostic tool in the doctor's armoury. In this Very Short Introduction, Chris Cooper analyses the components of blood, explains blood groups, and looks at transfusions, blood tests, and blood-borne diseases. He considers what the future may hold, including the possibility of making artificial blood, and producing blood from stem cells inthe laboratory.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Blood is vital to most animals. In mammals it transports oxygen and food, carries away waste, and contains the white cells that attack invading microbes. Playing a central role in life, it has had profound cultural and historical significance and plays an important role in religious ritual.Blood was one of the four humours in early Wes...

Professor Chris Cooper is a distinguished biochemist with over 20 years research and teaching experience. He has won several prestigious awards and sat on a number of influential national and international committees (including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Biochemical Society, and the Biophysical Society). His research is regula...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199581452

ISBN - 13:9780199581450

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Table of Contents

1. A history of blood2. What is blood?3. Fighting Disease4. Haemoglobin5. Blood pressure and blood flow6. Blood transfusion7. Epilogue: the future of bloodFurther ReadingIndex