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Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358094258
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 367,593
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jim Murphy, a preeminent nonfiction writer, has won numerous awards, including the Sibert Medal and two Newbery Honors. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 In the "Dos House" 1

2 The Professor and His Assistant 16

3 Surrounded by Failure 27

4 Answered and Unanswered Questions 37

5 The Search 47

6 "All the World Is Asainst It" 55

7 "Vivien, You'd Better Come Down Here" 66

8 Then What Happened? 75

Acknowledgments 101

Source Notes 103

Bibliography 121

Picture Credits 123

Index 125

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