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Five Quarts A Personal and Natural History of Blood We re born in blood Our family histories are contained in it our bodies nourished by it daily Five quarts run through each of us along some sixty thousand miles of arteries veins and capillaries f

  • Title: Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood
  • Author: Bill Hayes
  • ISBN: 9780345456878
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood By Bill Hayes, We re born in blood Our family histories are contained in it, our bodies nourished by it daily Five quarts run through each of us, along some sixty thousand miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries from Five Quarts In the national bestseller Sleep Demons, Bill Hayes took us on a trailblazing trip through the night country of insomnia Now he is our guide on a whirlwi We re born in blood Our family histories are contained in it, our bodies nourished by it daily Five quarts run through each of us, along some sixty thousand miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries from Five QuartsIn the national bestseller Sleep Demons, Bill Hayes took us on a trailblazing trip through the night country of insomnia Now he is our guide on a whirlwind journey through history, literature, mythology, and science by means of the great red river that runs five quarts strong through our bodies.Profusely illustrated, the journey stretches from ancient Rome, where gladiators drank the blood of vanquished foes to gain strength and courage, to modern day laboratories, where high tech machines test blood for diseases and dedicated scientists search for elusive cures Along the way, there will be world changing triumphs William Harvey s discovery of the circulation of the blood Antoni van Leeuwenhoek s advances in making the invisible world visible in the early days of the microscope Dr Paul Ehrlich s Nobel Prize winning work in immunology Dr Jay Levy s codiscovery of the virus that causes AIDS Yet there will also be ignorance and tragedy the widespread practice of bloodletting via incision and the use of leeches, which harmed than it healed the introduction of hemophilia into the genetic pool of nineteenth century European royalty thanks to the dynastic ambitions of Queen Victoria the alleged spread of contaminated blood through a phlebotomist s negligence in modern day California This is also a personal voyage, in which Hayes recounts the impact of the vital fluid in his daily life, from growing up in a household of five sisters and their monthly cycles, to coming out as a gay man during the explosive early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, to his enduring partnership with an HIV positive man.As much a biography of blood as it is a memoir of how this rich substance has shaped one man s life, Five Quarts is by turns whimsical and provocative, informative and moving It will get under your skin.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I think this is an excellent book, a perfect combination of what its subtitle promises a personal and natural history of blood I was riveted by the stories in the book, from the author s own past to the Ancient Greek and Roman beliefs to the examination of AIDS research to the chapter on vampirism It s very well written with a unique voice, and it s as educational as it is entertaining My only critique of this book is that I wish it were longer I wish Hayes added natural history without removin [...]

    2. A chapter near the end gives some excellent information based on blood banks about blood types Some people have totally unique blood which I never knew before.

    3. I m torn, I might bump this to 5 stars The story is a little disjointed, with anecdotes thrown in, and small history lessons, all of which I enjoyed, but the flow felt bumpy Overall, this is an excellent story of a man and his journey, learning about the history of blood science, and a little bit of the future.He takes us along for the ride.

    4. This was a pretty cool book Admittedly, I picked it up expecting to learn the historical, cultural, and contemporary ins and outs of blood However, it turned out to be fairly personal and rather literary As I read and , I gained an appreciation from Hayes s perspective and personal experience with blood I will mention that an equally important topic in this book seemed to be HIV, which I found to be thoughtfully commented on throughout All in all, for something I hadn t expected, I really enjoy [...]

    5. There were times I wished he d had science content, rather than personal and historical, because I d previously read The Anatomist by Hayes and thought that was just a thoroughly satisfying book on every level But I think he had a lot of personal insight into the topic and covered the current day attitudes toward blood in an interesting way.

    6. Another book about two white gay men dealing with HIV in San Francisco, but you know what We don t have nearly enough of them Hayes, an award winning nonfiction writer, purports to write a part scientific, part cultural Western history of blood, but what grips the reader has to be the narrative his relationship with his HIV lover Steve, whose own blood terrifies Hayes Hayes and I moved to Seattle at the same time, though he soon left for San Francisco and the heart of the catastrophe this is a r [...]

    7. My review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005 Digressions on blood, the fluid of lifeReviewed by Steve KettmannSunday, February 6, 2005Five Quarts A Personal and Natural History of Blood By Bill Hayes BALLANTINE BOOKS 290 PAGES 23.95 San Francisco writer Bill Hayes is on his way to becoming one of those rare authors who can tackle just about any subject in book form, and make you glad he did Entertainment Weekly described his first book, Sleep Demons, as a graceful hybrid of a book [...]

    8. Who would think that a contemplation of blood would result in such a feel good book I think, though, that any topic that Hayes were to contemplate is likely to turn into a feel good book, as Hayes himself is so clearly and unpretentiously a loving, feel good person His compassion for his partner, his family, his larger community, and even for historical victims of disease and crime, are what make this book a sweet treat On the other hand a smaller hand, to be sure , while reading this book I som [...]

    9. I read the book Stiffs a while ago an it was so well written that it turned me on to the slightly gory, off beat, human body stories This book does excel when he makes a solid connection between a personal or newsworthy event and history but he does has his soap box He spends a little too much time, in my opinion, focused on a small number of issues relating to blood In particular, he focuses a lot on how blood and blood tests impact the gay community I am a supporter of gay rights and issues, a [...]

    10. My opinion wavered a lot while reading this At first, I thought I would enjoy the combination of memoir and medical history, then I found it distracting, then in the end I was okay with it again It s a strange approach to a subject Hayes is a passionate, intelligent man, who has clearly does his research and has a lot to share about his life and experiences As a fan of both memoir and medical non fiction, I really can t quite put my finger on why I didn t love this I ve another of his books on m [...]

    11. Five Quarts by Bill Hayes, a Kindle book I began reading, oof, in early February The reason the start date is really hazy is that I usually read this book before the start of ASL class, so, yay, school is distracting.The tone and mood of Five Quarts is what sparked and kept my attention throughout the entire book, particularily when it came to linking comic books and myth to biology and medical science I completely have interest and concern for Bill and Steve and knowing their stories and those [...]

    12. This was a fascinating book I knew when I started it that it would be a detailed history of blood It ended up talking about how different cultures have embraced, studied, and thought about blood throughout history More interesting though, and what I didn t realize was that the author is a homosexual man whose partner is HIV positive With this, he skillfully switched between discussing the past and discussing his personal experiences with blood and all that it means to him and his partner as well [...]

    13. I saw this man speak at UCSF following the release of his most recent book, The Anatomist , and immediately went in search of his books This enthralling account of what we used to think blood was, how we discovered what it really does, and how we have come to fear it in the modern age really captured me Also, the author writes about his personal history with such affect, I would be happy to just be reading his auto biography He is a touching writer and I cant wait to read of his books.

    14. I loved some bits of it, but much of it didn t interest me The personal memoir wasn t compelling enough to involve me and Hayes I m too dumb to understand this sciencey talk, so it s okay if you don t either, reader act was a little annoying I did love everything vampire related, though And a lot of the historical anecdotes were fun, if rehash of common knowledge I would definitely recommend this as a motivational and educational read for anyone whose life is touched by HIV A lot of bonding goin [...]

    15. Once again, a fascinating dovetailing of science, history, and Bill Hayes own life This book was written before The Anatomist, but I read this second which made parts of the story poignant because I knew what would happen later in effect, I knew the author s future before he did, which was a peculiar situation Anyhow, this book is scientifically and historically interesting, and Hayes writing is fast paced, honest and clean.

    16. a memoir, with historical research interesting, kind of panacea.This is also a personal voyage, in which Hayes recounts the impact of the vital fluid in his daily life, from growing up in a household of five sisters and their monthly cycles, to coming out as a gay man during the explosive early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, to his enduring partnership with an HIV positive man.

    17. This book was different than what I was expecting, but a fairly quick read I got some of the social history stuff like origins of dracula, ancient Greek doctors, that type of thing However, there was also a lot of memoir mixed in Everything from the author s sister s dealings with her first period, to his partner s battles with AIDS Overall it was an interesting read.

    18. This is an inquiry as to the symbolic meaning of blood He has a great command of medical history and it is fascinating how he weaves this into his sister s religious perception, her hysterectomy and his HIV positive partner s blood work I think it a fascinating synthesis of memoire and intellectual inquiry.

    19. I liked this one about as much as his book on sleep The writing is lively and the history and science of blood are interesting, but personally, I was less interested in the long stretches of the book like the other book that stem from his personal experiences as a gay man and the challenges of living with a partner who has HIV not that these aren t worthy topics.

    20. An interesting mix of the history of blood and personal stories about the author s relationship with a man who is HIV positive I found all of the personal information distracting in the beginning but the I read the I understood the author The history of blood facts and stories were excellent.

    21. Five Quarts was a pleasure to read, going into the history of blood as well as Hayes personal connection through his partner s illness This book filled a void of non fiction that very much needed to be addressed I have not been able to find any other book like it, and continue to enjoy Hayes titles.

    22. absolutely fascinating Informative and occasionally thought provoking Writing style is engaging and entertaining, a mix of personal experience, history, myth, and current events, all in one I highly recommend it

    23. I am a sucker for Bill Hayes intertwining of biography, memory, and history I love his other books and Five Quarts follows the familiar pattern over arching subject, researching it s history, anecdotes about its personal effect.

    24. I picked up this book for 1 at a flee market intending to use it for erasure poetry Sorry, Bill But I started reading it and fell into his light hearted and yet poignant telling of his partner s battle with AIDS and the history of blood I won t be erasing this book any time soon

    25. This was a really enjoyable read Did it as sermon research for a series called Blood Work Written in the first person by a gay man who is learning about blood through watching his HIV infected lover struggle with the disease.Really educational and entertaining.

    26. I can t say I really liked it but it was well written and informative I would have liked it better if it were twice its current length or two books one about blood and one of the author s memoirs.

    27. Feels very broad for a 266 page book Covers the feats of Roman physician Galen to the most current breakthroughs in AIDS research Great balance of memoir and reportage Nice humor in Hayes voice that only once every three chapters or so sounds hokey.

    28. A seamless and fascinating combination of history, mythology, science, and personal reflections would be a fantastic read for a creative non fiction or craft of writing class.

    29. An amazing blend of science and personal history Everything is explained in not only terms laymen can understand, but also in poetic language that sometimes is haunting.

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