FOREIGN LANGUAGE REVIEWS
Few organ systems have captivated man's fantasy, preoccupied his attention, and, as a result, permeated his language as much as blood. In fact, from genealogy to gemology, from malevolence to malediction, blood has contributed a wealth of idiomatic expressions in daily use.
Countless generations witnessing the inescapable outcome of fatal wounds have considered it both the source and the seat of life. This popular belief is echoed in the derivation of the word blood, probably stemming from bloom and blow which, in turn, trace their root to the Latin "flare" and (psychoanalysts will rejoice) to the Greek "phallos."
Even though today the catastrophic effects of exsanguination can be often delayed or compensated, the popular notion that life ebbs at the speed blood is lost still holds true. In this respect clotting can be life saving only if it occurs promptly, effectively sealing the gaping wound. Otherwise the