Holly Tucker's "Blood Work" at the Decatur Book Festival

This meetup is part of our Science Track at the 2011 Decatur Book Festival Labor day weekend. All events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Time and location are subject to change, so please consult the official schedule before attending.

About Blood Work

A riveting account of the first blood transfusion experiments in 17th-century Paris and London, Blood Work gives us a vivid glimpse of a particularly fraught period in history – a time of fire and plague, empire building and international distrust, when monsters were believed to inhabit the seas and the boundary between science and superstition was still in flux.

Taking us from the highest ranks of society to the lowest, from dissection rooms in palaces to the filth-clogged streets of Paris, Blood Work sheds light on an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science to this day

About Holly

Holly Tucker is a professor at Vanderbilt University where she teaches courses on the History of Early Medicine, Medicine and Literature, as well as courses on early French literature and culture.

As the granddaughter of French immigrants, Holly has never been able to shake the genetic connection she has to French-speaking Europe. It was at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), home to one of the top programs in the History of Medicine / Science, where she earned her Ph.D., that she discovered the passion that would shape her career as an academic and a writer.

Holly is the author of  Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth and the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France. Her next book is in the works as we speak and focuses on science and terror in the French Revolution.

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  • corinne l.

    Holly Tucker is a very good speaker. She is a storyteller but everything she says is accurate because she is an historian. It makes history very attractive and fun. Her book "Blood Work" is remarkable as was her talk.

    September 4, 2011

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