The Rise and Fall of Lamb Blood Transfusion in 19th Century Medicine and Beyond
In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried it as a cure for tuberculosis, pellagra and anemia; proposed it as a means to reanimate seemingly dead soldiers on the battlefield. It was a contested therapy because it meant crossing boundaries and challenging taboos. Was the transfusion of lamb blood into desperately sick humans really defensible? The book takes the reader on a journey into hospital wards and lunatic asylums, physiological laboratories and 19th century wars. It presents a fascinating story of medical knowledge, ambitions and concerns - a story that provides lessons for current debates on the morality of medical experimentation and care.
KeywordsBlood Transfusion; 19th Century; Lamb Blood; Clinical Practice; Medical History; Medicine; Human; Animal; History of Medicine; Human-Animal Studies; History of Science; Cultural History; History
Publication date and placeBielefeld, 2020
SeriesMedical Humanities, 5
History of medicine