Red Gold: The Epic Story... Episodes

2002, TV Show

Episode Detail: Tainted Blood; New Blood - Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood

Conclusion. “Tainted Blood” and “New Blood” chart blood collecting following World War II and examine 21st-century challenges to maintain supplies---and keep them safe. Peacetime blood needs soared in the 1950s with the development of new procedures for cardiac patients and hemophilacs, among others, so U.S. blood banks turned to paid donors, whose blood was more likely to be contaminated. Then came AIDS. The program also explores differences (and similarities) in how the West and the Third World deal with blood in segments following two women---one in New York, the other in Delhi---as they await heart surgery.

Episodes: Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood (6)

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Premiered: June 23, 2002, on PBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: A four-hour series exploring the history of human understanding of blood and its role in medicine. Based on the book `Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce,' by Douglas Starr.


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