The Book of Blood
From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and VeinsBook - 2012
"Explores the dark and often gruesome tales about blood. Though common among living beings, this substance is anything but ordinary. People have always feared and respected blood. It spills out at both birth and death--its bright red color like a warning sign--indicating events of the utmost significance. Ancient civilizations couldn't perform religious rituals without the revered liquid. Doctors up through the nineteenth century attempted to cure mysterious illnesses by draining their patients' blood. Scientists only recently began to understand this fascinating fluid: how its microscopic components nourish the entire body, why simple transfusions don't always work, and that bloodletting likely killed people who otherwise would have lived. But back before people understood what blood really was, they had to weave their own explanations"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, c2012
Characteristics: vii, 152 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: From legends and leeches to vampires and veins