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Breakthrough! : How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever

Breakthrough! : How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever

by 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.


Ages: 10-12
ISBN: 9780547821832
Price: $18.99
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

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