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It’s in the Blood! A Documentary History of Linus Pauling, Hemoglobin and Sickle Cell Anemia

Linus Pauling began his professional life studying atoms, and ended it best known for his thoughts on medicine. Linking these two fields was a central body of work on the nature of human blood. During the most productive thirty years of his life, between the mid-1930s and mid-1960s, Pauling’s research in this area not only advanced our understanding of how blood works at the molecular level, but branched and blossomed into vital discoveries about immunology, sickle-cell anemia, genetics, evolution, and human health. This website is designed to serve as both an introduction to an important body of work as well as a reference tool for students, teachers, physicians, scientists, and members of the general public interested in the history of modern medicine