Breakthrough How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever

breakthrough  jim murphy

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.---from the publisher

144 pages 978-0547821832 Ages 10-14

Keywords: 20th century, medicine, heart defect, surgeons, doctors, African Americans, Black Lives Matter, diversity, diverse books, medical breakthrough, narrative nonfiction, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old

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