Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever
(Clarion Books Dec. 8, 2015)
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.
- 0547821832 / 9780547821832
- 25.6 oz.
- 7.0 x 0.6