Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever
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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.
10 - 14 years
Vivien Thomas, Dr. Helen Taussig
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"Murphy assembles a complicated set of facts, strip away the inessentials, and tells a memorable, moving story."
"Murphy’s dramatic nonfiction narrative recounting of one of the first open heart surgeries ever performed is not to be missed..."
-- School Library Journal
"Murphy masterfully interweaves discussions of discrimination, the controversy over animal testing, and the background of each protagonist into the main narrative, building tension as he leads up to the surgery itself."
-- Publishers Weekly
"A gripping look at a major medical breakthrough."
“[T]he book’s clear and concise account offers a compelling picture of all that goes into medical — and societal — advances.”
-- Washington Post
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