White Blood

A History of Human Milk

Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver

White Blood

Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

224 pages | 80 color plates | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781913491260 Published July 2021 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
A groundbreaking history of human milk

White Blood explores how the nature and properties of human breast milk were conceived within the fluctuating frameworks of distinct historical periods. For example, in the ancient world, human milk was thought to be blood diverted from the womb to the breast, where it was whitened and vivified to nourish the newborn. In the Renaissance it became known as a vital fluid transmutable into flesh by an “internal alchemist”; in the Enlightenment it was said to flow from “nature’s bountiful urn.”

From ancient Greece and Rome to the present, Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver traces the historical past of human milk across centuries, noting how the cultural and historical frameworks of the past informed the practices of milk feeding and its effects on infant health, growth, welfare, and survival. 

1 Human Milk – Miraculous Fluid
2 Humours – White Blood
3 Alchemy – Soft Sweet Subtil Substance
4 Science – Corpuscular Fluid
5 Nature – Nature's Bountiful Urn
6 Paediatrics – Medicalisation of Infant Feeding
7 Puericulture – Maternal and Child Welfare
8 Biology and Technology – Breast and Bottle

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