Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies

Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies

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A remarkable, uplifting story about one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 20th century
 
In 1951 in Sydney, Australia, a fourteen-year-old boy named James Harrison was near death when he received a transfusion of blood that saved his life. A few years later, and half a world away, a shy young doctor at Columbia University realized he was more comfortable in the lab than in the examination room. Neither could have imagined how their paths would cross, or how they would change the world.
 
In Good Blood, bestselling writer Julian Guthrie tells the gripping tale of the race to cure a horrible blood disease known as Rh disease that stalked families and caused a mother’s immune system to attack her own unborn child. The story is anchored by two very different men on two continents: Dr. John Gorman in New York, who would land on a brilliant yet contrarian idea, and an unassuming Australian whose almost magical blood—and his unyielding devotion to donating it—would save millions of lives.
 
Good Blood takes us from Australia to America, from research laboratories to hospitals, and even into Sing Sing prison, where experimental blood trials were held. It is a tale of discovery and invention, the progress and pitfalls of medicine, and the everyday heroics that fundamentally changed the health of women and babies.
 

Title:Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies
ISBN:9781419743313
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    Good Blood: A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies Reviews

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    News is usually bad news, and nonfiction is often more of the same.Good Blood is different: Good Blood is good news. Good Blood is the story of a doctor who came up with a solution to a terrible healt...

  • Nancy

    When I married in the early 1970s I remember my fiance and I needed blood tests to check if we were Rh compatible. I knew it affected our ability to have children.That is about all I knew about Rh dis...

  • Ann-Marie

    An excellent telling of the story of the development of the treatment for Rh disease. Whoever you are, where ever you live, you know someone, probably several someone's who are alive today because the...

  • Kim

    What an interesting medical mystery. I had never heard about Rh disease, mainly because I don’t have children and it is handled pretty well in the United States now. But it was fascinating and terri...

  • Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A great biography about one of the breakthrough medical discoveries of the 20 century. The RH disease was wreaking havoc on families, killing children in the wom...

  • Venky

    James Christopher Harrison, an effervescent Aussie lad was all of fourteen years old, when a seemingly innocuous bug that caught him turned into a bad case of triple pneumonia. With the antibiotics fa...

  • Laurie

    I enjoy learning the backstory behind discoveries that we now take for granted. This book tells the story of how the treatment for Rh Disease was discovered and developed over many years, with many di...

  • Natalie Tate

    John Gorman's dogged perseverance to find a cure to Rh disease led to serious breakthroughs in the field. James Harrison's childhood operation to remove part of his lung left him with special blood—...

  • Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    We received a free copy of this book from the publisher to review. The rating and review are my husband’s thoughts.Good Blood documents the race to cure Rh disease (where the antibodies in a pregnan...

  • Kim Fox

    Primarily this book is about the race to find a treatment for Rh disease. Rh disease causes a mother's immune system to attack it's unborn child. Untold number of children died ( stillborn or right af...