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Blood Relations: Transfusion and the Making of Human Genetics

Jenny Bangham


Blood Relations explores the relationships between mid-century blood transfusion and the development of human genetics. It focuses on Britain, which established its first national transfusion service during the Second World War. By then, blood groups were crucial to transfusion, and were fascinating to scientists interested in heredity and race. Blood Relations follows how the transfusion services made vast quantities of blood group data available for human genetics, during the war and two decades after. The book revisits the history of eugenics in light of the local politics of giving blood, ... More

Keywords: blood, blood groups, transfusion, human genetics, paper tools, infrastructure, race, collections, serology, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226739977
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226740171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenny Bangham, author
Queen Mary University of London