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[Perspectives] Blood bottles

“The life of the flesh is in the blood”, says the Old Testament book of Leviticus. This vital fluid has a long therapeutic history. For centuries drinking it or bathing in it were the most common methods of seeking its healing properties. Transfusing blood waited until the 17th century, when unsuccessful experiments in London and Paris attempted to show its potential but instead revealed its dangers. Dogs seemed to cope with transfused blood from other dogs, but human beings could not tolerate blood from docile sheep or other humans, at least after the experiment was repeated.