Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood

Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood

Bill Hayes

“This beguiling brew of interesting medical proof and illuminating, poignant anecdotes makes 5 Quarts anything like blood itself: very important and pulsing with energy.”
–Entertainment Weekly

From old Rome, the place gladiators drank the blood of vanquished foes to achieve power and braveness, to modern day laboratories, the place machines try blood for illnesses and scientists look for elusive therapies, invoice Hayes takes us on a whirlwind trip via historical past, literature, mythology, and technology in terms of the nice pink river that runs 5 quarts powerful via bodies. Hayes additionally recounts the effect of the very important fluid in his way of life, from starting to be up in a family of 5 sisters and their per 30 days cycles to his enduring partnership with an HIV-positive guy. As a lot a biography of blood because it is a memoir of the way this wealthy substance has formed one man’s existence, 5 Quarts is through turns whimsical and provocative, informative and relocating.

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