Blood: The Stuff of Life (CBC Massey Lecture)
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Blood runs red through every person’s arteries, and fulfills the same functions in every human being. However, as much as the study and use of blood has helped advance our understanding of human biology, its cultural and social representations have divided us perennially. Blood pulses through religions, literature, and the visual arts, and every time it pools or spills, we learn a little more about what brings human beings together and what divides them.
This book is a fascinating historical and contemporary interpretation of blood, as a bold and enduring determinant of identity, race, culture, citizenship, belonging, privilege, deprivation, athletic superiority, and nationhood.
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with cancer of the blood. In the following decades, along with improvements in the science of bone marrow transplants, international registries were developed to assist with the complex process of matching patients to viable stem cell donors. Most bone marrow recipients will not have a family member with compatible blood, so they require a matching service to connect them to millions of potential international donors. Out of the ashes left by the most devastating bomb ever dropped has emerged
person of African heritage would have had a huge uphill climb to successfully acquire a white identity. Even today, some people attempt to control passage through the identity gates. “You’re not really black.” “You’re not completely white.” “Where are you from? Yes, but where are you really from?” “Isn’t your father Jewish?” “Are you a full-bloodied Indian, or mixed?” Many people in various countries have considerable experience answering these questions. In earlier times, being the target of
another man over the right to marry Princess Ingeborg. In 1866, the Swedish artist Mårten Eskil Winge painted Parting from Örvar Odd after the Fight on Samsö, which shows Örvar Odd bidding farewell to the mortally wounded Hjalmar. Örvar Odd stands in his red cape and clasps the hand of Hjalmar, who lies on the ground with his sword, helmet, and shield strewn beside his body. In the background, a ship glides over the water, Hjalmar’s victims lie dead, and birds take flight. Örvar Odd and
Guardian (Manchester) online, October 17, 2012 www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/17/bodyform-bloodless-snark-attack. Stephanie Nolen, “India’s Improbable Champion for Affordable Feminine Hygiene,” Globe and Mail, October 3, 2012. Gloria Steinem, “If Men Could Menstruate,” in Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983). PAGES 50–51: IGNAZ SEMMELWEIS For the life and struggles of Ignaz Semmelweis and his efforts to prevent blood poisoning in