Laboratorios Grifols y la industrialización de la hemoterapia

    Student thesis: Doctoral thesis


    My current research focuses on the rise and industrialization of haematology and haemotherapy in Barcelona, between 1909 and 1950. Through the Grifols Historical Archive, I study how a modest homeopathic laboratory from Barcelona transformed into a global pharmaceutical company based on the plasma-derived industry, creating the first private blood bank in Spain. I am particularly interested in examining how the new technoscientific practices of the early twentieth century, first, and the new industrial patterns of mid-century capitalism, later, changed the scientific manipulation of blood, also transforming its production, use and cultural significance. Finally, I investigate the controversies appeared with the commodification of blood in this specific urban context.
    Date of Award16 Apr 2018
    Original languageSpanish
    Awarding Institution
    • Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR)
    SponsorsGrifols S.A.
    SupervisorXavier Roqué (Co-director) & Sara Lugo Márquez (Co-director)


    • history of medicine
    • 20th century
    • STS

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