From Herodotus to HIV: A history of haematology

Hardcover | April 2, 2016

byShaun R. McCann

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Blood has long been an object of intrigue for many of the world's philosophers and physicians, and references to it have existed since the earliest studies of human anatomy. Herodotus of Halicarnassus, whose writings 500 years before the birth of Christ drew on stories collected during hiswidespread travels, was amongst the first to identify the ritualistic and medical significance of blood. However, despite this long established history, haematology as a medical specialty is relatively new. A History of Haematology: From Herodotus to HIV traces the history of haematology from biblical times to the present, discussing the major defining discoveries in the specialty, ranging from war as a catalyst for the development of new techniques in blood transfusion, to the medical response to theHIV/AIDS epidemic. In this beautifully illustrated and passionately rendered history of the field of haematology, Professor Shaun McCann traces the remarkable developments within haematology and the work of the scientists and pioneers central to these advances. This engaging and authoritative history will appeal to awide audience including haematologists, nurses and other health care workers in haematology, as well as medical students, and general physicians with an interest in haematology.

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Blood has long been an object of intrigue for many of the world's philosophers and physicians, and references to it have existed since the earliest studies of human anatomy. Herodotus of Halicarnassus, whose writings 500 years before the birth of Christ drew on stories collected during hiswidespread travels, was amongst the first to id...

Shaun McCann was Professor of Academic Medicine in the University of Dublin, Trinity College from 2005-2011 and was a consultant haematologist, George Gabriel Stokes Professor of Haematology and head of department in St James's hospital, Dublin from 1984 until 2009. He performed the first stem cell transplant for leukaemia in Ireland i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198717601

ISBN - 13:9780198717607

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Table of Contents

1. Science before science2. The Enlightenment and the unravelling of the circulation3. From a dream to a nightmare: HIV, haemophilia, and AIDS4. Red cells: how they live and how they die5. The hidden virus6. Towards an understanding of stem cells: are they real?7. Leukaemia8. If you prick us do we not bleed?9. Molecules, genes, and gene therapy10. The same specialty: different approaches!11. The role of technology in haematology12. Combination chemotherapyIndex