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Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig, and Vivien…

Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig, and Vivien Thomas: Mending Children's…

by Lisa Yount

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Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig, and Vivien Thomas recounts the lives and careers of three medical pioneers--a white male surgeon (Blalock), a white female cardiologist (Taussig), and an African-American male laboratory technician (Thomas)--who combined their skills in 1944 to create a groundbreaking operation that not only saved the lives and health of thousands of children born with heart defects but also made surgeons realize for the first time that surgery on living hearts was possible. In addition to describing this operation and the other accomplishments of these individuals, the book highlights the social and personal conflicts that shaped and sometimes hindered their work and that of other scientists during that era.… (more)

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