BLOOD. 2nd Edition by Dr. Chandra Senan

BLOOD

Life's Most Wondrous Transportation System
A Sanguine Journey Examining The Complexities Of This Magical, Crimson Fluid In All Its Florid Glory

by Dr. Chandra Senan

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This book is an adaptation of a public lecture delivered at the Wrexham Science Festival (Glyndwr University, 2009)

Blood is the vital animating fluid that courses through our bodies, sustaining us by performing a plethora of roles. A functionally similar fluid exists in invertebrates while the sap of plants can carry out comparable duties. The different functions of blood, its constituents, physiological role and colour are, amongst other things, all explored in this book. The nature of blood in various vertebrates such as camels and frogs; invertebrates (including crustaceans and mollusks) and insects are also looked at. Pathological blood conditions such as porphyria, haemophillia and sickle cell desease are alluded to, as are the uses of blood products and the age-old practices of bloodletting, leeching and cupping. Also discussed are the myths and beliefs, together with the religious and linguistic connotations surrounding blood. In addition, hematophagy, vampirism and heart transplants (together with some of its implications) are also considered. Finally, given the ever-increasing need for donated blood, the subject of blood substitutes is examined at length.

There are roughly 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body, blood accounting for nearly 7% of our body weight. Red blood cells (more numerous in men compared to women) live for almost 120 days, being replaced at the staggering rate of between 2 to 3 million erythrocytes per second! It is truly amazing that or tiny, bean-shaped kidneys (a mere 4 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and weighing a paltry 5 ounces each) filter an astonishing 50 gallons of blood daily.

Colour illustrations throughout. Size 6" x 9" publication. 288 pages.
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Blood. Life's Most Wondrous Transportation System 2nd Edition
by Dr. Chandra Senan

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