Monday, June 28, 2021

Micro Mention "Nine Pints"

Rose George

So let’s talk about something red! Blood! I’ve got some, you’ve got some, I’d like some more… anyway, moving on “Nine Pints,” by Rose George is a fascinating deep-dive look into the liquid of life, and you should read it.

What I like about this book is it's a high-level and all-around look at the subject. So you get some history on technology involving blood, from leeches to transfusions, and explanations of its bodily function, especially when something is wrong, like during a blood-specific illness.

This book also corrected a misconception I had, and I'd bet a lot of people have as well. I was so used to referring to leeches as such an anachronistic medical practice that it made for a great metaphor for why I thought someone's opinions were backward. However, it turns out that there is still such a thing as medical-grade leeches because there are just some things they can do involving blood that is just better than any other medical treatment. So take that past smug Kevin! You'll just have to find another way to be insufferable.

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