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

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

  • 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...

  • Steve

    Emotive story combined with good science writing I enjoyed this book. Although ostensibly a book about medicine, it is really more the story of two men, each working in their own way to solve the Rh d...

  • Roberta

    I had never heard of Rh disease, despite my interest in all things medical and biological. When I came across this book, I thought it sounded fascinating. It was.This book tells the story (so far) of ...

  • Michelle

    From NetGalley: "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 wo...

  • Sue

    Good Blood is the story of two men who were involved in different ways in the search to prevent the deaths of Rh positive babies to mothers with Rh negative blood. Author Julian Guthrie draws us into ...

  • Ann

    Thank you to NetGalley for the e-reader copy of Good Blood from PW BookExpo.I do prefer to read non-fiction. This book is prime example of why. On a personal note, members of my extended family had to...

  • Ada-Marie

    Thank you to Net Galley, Julian Guthrie, and Abrams Press for the advanced e-reader copy in exchange for a candid review. This book was about a fascinating topic and the author did a great job setting...