In the Blood: How Two Outsiders Solved a Centuries-Old Medical Mystery and Took on the US Army

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Grand Central Publishing
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6.5 X 8.8 X 1.8 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Charles Barber is a Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University, a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and the author of the critically acclaimed books Songs from the Black Chair, Comfortably Numb, and Citizen Outlaw. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities, and lives in Connecticut with his family.
"An extraordinary book about an extraordinary man . . . a great American gangster story, told with wit and insight . . . riveting and unexpectedly moving--a life-and-death saga that is also a meditation on the nature of ambition."--Kelefa Sanneh, staff writer, The New Yorker
"An elegantly written account tackling one of the most important moral issues of our time--the role of redemption in our justice system and our society. This book offers an unforgettable rendering of a life redeemed."--Jennifer Gonnerman, author of Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett
"Passionate yet fair-minded."--Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason
"Chronicles the extraordinary psychopharmaceuticalization of everyday life that has arisen in recent years and appears to be growing apace. Barber marks out the inconvenient truths on our path to emotional climate change but also offers alternatives to readers who wish to avoid pharmageddon."--David Healy, author of Let Them Eat Prozac
Praise for Songs from the Black Chair:

"Imaginative and beautifully written, with vivid imagery and wit."--Journal of the American Medical Association
"Equally eloquent and insightful . . . Barber's ability to convey the experience of mental illness is striking."--New England Journal of Medicine
Praise for Citizen Outlaw:

"Plunges readers inside the belly of the beast with such searing credibility, you'll feel you're there. Brilliantly crafted . . . that rare book that educates, entertains, and inspires. It's a must read for anyone interested in criminal justice reform and the power of the human spirit."--Pete Earley, author of The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
"In the Blood is an amazing, all-too-true underdog story with intensely high stakes--thousands of lives in the balance. Medical miracles don't happen overnight, and Charles Barber's suspenseful storytelling helps us see and feel the struggle and frustration, the sweat and tears. The result is inspiring."--Robert Kolker, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road

"In the Blood is that wonderful kind of true story that is at times utterly unbelievable. Yet Charles Barber's deep research and graceful prose turns it into something even greater: a portrait of an unlikely yet perfect friendship, a testament to the marriage of ingenuity and salesmanship, a fierce interrogation of groupthink, and a tribute to the courage of American soldiers and corpsmen. The story is inspiring, yet so many moments left me shaken."

--Jeff Hobbs, New York Times bestselling author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Praise for Comfortably Numb:

"[An] informed writer on cultural history as well as neuroscience, psychotherapy, and economics . . . A blockbuster essential for all libraries."--Library Journal, Starred Review
"Charles Barber's In the Blood is a riveting tale of discovery, perseverance, and dedication to the simple idea that you can do well by doing good. In Barber's accomplished hands, Frank Hursey and Bart Gullong become the everyday heroes you hope succeed and rejoice when they do."
--William D. Cohan, New York Times bestselling author of Power Failure and House of Cards
"Astonishing and often disturbing...this story of innovation and persistence merits a wide audience."
--Publishers Weekly
"In The Blood is the finest kind of journalism: Riveting, seamless and utterly fascinating. The invention of QuikClot will go down as one of the great medical dramas of our era."
--Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and Tribe
"The captivating, often cinematic story of how a medical innovation was improbably developed, fiercely resisted, and ultimately adopted.... the most powerful aspect of "In the Blood" is its deeply empathetic sketches of the key figures, typically men who grew up with limited resources, who endured hard times, and who somehow forged a life for themselves and persisted in the face of adversity."
--The Wall Street Journal
"Fast-paced, races like a thriller. Barber leads readers on the path from product invention to implementation -- and it's a treacherous journey."--ScienceNews