Breakthrough!

Breakthrough!

How Three People Saved "blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever

Book - 2015
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"In 1944 a groundbreaking operation repaired the congenital heart defect known as blue baby syndrome. The operation's success brought the surgeon Alfred Blalock international fame and paved the way for open-heart surgery. But the technique had been painstakingly developed by Vivien Thomas, Blalocks African American lab assistant, who stood behind Blalock in the operating room to give him step-by-step instructions. The stories of this medical and social breakthrough and the lives of Thomas, Blalock, and their colleague Dr. Helen Taussig are intertwined in this compelling nonfiction narrative."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9780547821832
0547821832
Call Number: 617.0232 MURPHY
Characteristics: xiii, 129 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Taussig, Helen B. 1898-1986.
Blalock, Alfred, 1899-1964.
Thomas, Vivien T., 1910-1985.
Infants -- Surgery
Heart -- Surgery.
Cardiovascular system -- Surgery.
African Americans in medicine -- 20th century
Women in medicine -- United States -- 20th century
Medicine -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Surgeons -- Maryland -- Biography.

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