Blood, perceptions, resource and ownership: When transfusion illustrates the complexity

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serval:BIB_8341B203D265
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Blood, perceptions, resource and ownership: When transfusion illustrates the complexity
Journal
Transfusion Clinique et Biologique
Author(s)
Garraud Olivier, Charlier Philippe, Tissot Jean-Daniel
ISSN
1246-7820
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/2020
Language
english
Abstract
Blood is apart from the rest of the tissues as this fluid is overseen by basic and applied life and humanistic sciences. Blood is the essence of human functioning. It is the object of one of the most commonly known cancers, leukemia. It is life-saving in transfusion - a property that also gives blood a special credit and questions blood as a valuable merchandise or as no ones' property but common good. But blood is also scandalous after the tainted blood affair in the 1980s and 1990s. Blood is further inseparable from most religious practices, both forefront and hidden (magic cults). It is frightening as it is versed in legitimate and illegitimate combats; it is poured to compensate offenses or debts in many civilizations. Any time blood comes forefront, rationale science leaves it to irrational digressions. Even the very same life-saving transfusion, is beaten by groups of opponents on religious grounds. Further, at a time blood cells and molecules are scrutinized, no one can claim having a complete understanding of what blood is, off the vasculature, as - to study it - one has to alter it. The study of blood is fascinating for all colleges of an academy and not many topics can share this property: chemists, physicists, geneticists, physiologists, medical doctors, philosophers, ethicists, theologians, artists, historicists, anthropologists, sociologists, etc. have all contributed to depict different, specific, aspects of blood. The present review aims at merging different aspects of blood to give pathophysiologists a platform to better understand fears and hopes related to this special tissue, when dealing with patients of theirs.
Keywords
Clinical Biochemistry, Hematology, Biochemistry, medical
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