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Breakthrough!

How Three People Saved 'Blue Babies' and Changed Medicine Forever

by Jim Murphy

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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, Blalock's 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.


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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • Release date: December 8, 2015

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  • ISBN: 9780547821887
  • File size: 43882 KB
  • Release date: December 8, 2015

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  • ISBN: 9780547821887
  • File size: 43882 KB
  • Release date: December 8, 2015


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ATOS: 8.3
Interest Level: 4-8(MG)

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, Blalock's 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.


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