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Anne McLaren, transfusion, transplantation, and the nature of blood

Matthew Holmes Cambridge, UK   What happened during a transfusion or transplantation between different individuals, or even members of different species? For centuries some thought that hereditable characteristics might cross between individuals or species in this manner. This belief found fresh impetus in Marxist biology during the Cold War. Anne McLaren, Oxford-trained zoologist and first […]

The incidental reach of pattern in Medicine and Art

Eric Will United Kingdom   “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a(n artist’s) Heaven for? . . .” — After Robert Browning’s “Andrea del Sarto,” 1855 1,2 (author’s italics)   Figure 1. The Birth of the Virgin. 1342 Pietro Lorenzetti. Museo dell’Opera, Duomo, Siena. Wikimedia Commons. The bedside is a […]