Season 1, Episode 3 Tainted Blood

First Aired: June 30, 2002

Part 3, “Tainted Blood,” charts blood collecting following World War II. In the U.S., demand soared because of new procedures for cardiac patients and hemophiliacs, among others. But donations declined, so banks began paying donors, whose blood was more likely to be tainted with hepatitis. Then came AIDS. It found its way into the blood supply and, says narrator Kathryn Walker, “everyone was at risk.” Based on commentator Douglas Starr's book “Red Gold: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce.”

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  • Premiered: June 23, 2002
  • Rating: TV-G
  • 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. (more)

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