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Earthly Realities

in A Martian Stranded on Earth

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226454122
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226454146 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226454146.003.0004
Earthly Realities

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This chapter examines Alexander Bogdanov's move from theoretical speculations to the practical applications of blood exchanges in 1924–1925. It explains that Vladimir Lenin was instrumental in this move and that his initial work focused on the epidemic of “Soviet exhaustion” which plagued Russia's ruling elites. This chapter argues that the establishment of a special institute for blood research and the appointment of Bogdanov's as its director was prompted by the Bolshevik leadership's concerns and anxieties about the epidemic.

Keywords: Alexander Bogdanov; blood exchanges; Vladimir Lenin; Soviet exhaustion; ruling elites; Russia; blood research; Bolshevik leadership

Chapter.  6996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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