The Blood Doctor
The eleventh Barbara Vine novel published by Viking in 2002
A novel about blood - blood in its metaphysical sense as the conductor of an inherited title and blood in its physical sense as the transmitter of disease.
The current Lord Nanther, experiencing the reform of the House of Lords, embarks on a biography of his great-grandfather, the first Lord Nanther, favoured physician to Queen Victoria, an expert on blood diseases, and particularly the royal disease of haemophilia.
What he uncovers begins to horrify him as he realizes that Nanther died a guilty man who carried a horrific secret to the grave.
Queen Victoria’s Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family.
The alarming issue of blood: Jane Shilling reviews The Blood Doctor.
Phil Whitaker examines a mystery of genetics.
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The Guardian 2002 ↩︎
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