BLOOD. It is one of the biggest fear factors in every horror movie, and the very sight of it can make some people faint!
Blood is vital to life. It can travel through your circulatory system up to 10 miles every hour, bathing every cell in the body in 20 seconds.
Because it is such a powerful and important fluid, blood has been carefully studied for centuries.
For more information on the cells that make up blood, the importance of studying blood and the people who study it, select one of the following links:
- What is hematology?
- Who studies hematology?
- What is a medical technologist?
- Learn about the five common white blood cells.
- Learn about red blood cells and platelets.
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