Ann Kibbie, On the Brink of the Grave: Early Stories of Blood Transfusion

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Ann Kibbie, MHC board member and Associate Professor of English at Bowdoin College shares research from her latest project. Professor Kibbie focuses on the the medical and cultural history of transfusion before the twentieth century, from the ill-fated experiments of the late seventeenth century to the re-introduction of the practice in nineteenth-century England. The early stories of transfusion include first-person accounts of medical/surgical experiments, medical case histories, and lectures delivered to medical students; as well as works of popular literature, such as satires and tales of sensation and horror.

This talk was delivered February 11, 2013 at the University of New England’s Portland campus as part of the Global Center for the Humanities Lecture Series.