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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547821832
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,125,013
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(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, with his family.

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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