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 Award||16 Apr 2018|
- Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR)
|Supervisor||Xavier Roqué (Co-director) & Sara Lugo Márquez (Co-director)|
- history of medicine
- 20th century