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Blood: A Very Short Introduction

Chris Cooper

22 September 2016

ISBN: 9780199581450

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Blood is a vital component of the bodies of most multicellular animals. Chris Cooper discusses blood's critical role in both biology and in human society, ranging from its place in religious rituals to its uses in modern medicine.

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Blood is a vital component of the bodies of most multicellular animals. Chris Cooper discusses blood's critical role in both biology and in human society, ranging from its place in religious rituals to its uses in modern medicine.

  • Offers a comprehensive exploration of blood's many uses in biology and medical sciences
  • Explains how blood functions and the different components contained in blood
  • Provides an insight into blood's fascinating historical role in culture and religion
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Chris Cooper, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Essex

Professor Chris Cooper is a distinguished biochemist with over 20 years research and teaching experience. He has won several prestigious awards and sat on a number of influential national and international committees (including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Biochemical Society, and the Biophysical Society). His research is regularly featured in local and national radio, television and newspapers, and he has appeared as an invited expert on BBC2's Horizon, and Radio 4's The World Tonight and Material World. This is his second book for OUP, having previously written Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat (2013).

Table of Contents

    1: A history of blood
    2:What is blood?
    3:Fighting Disease
    4:Haemoglobin
    5:Blood pressure and blood flow
    6:Blood transfusion
    7:Epilogue: the future of blood
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Blood is over-flowing with such fascinating historical observations, as well as with an equally generous amount of practical information that everyone possessing blood should know." - The Well-Read Naturalist

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