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Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever (Hardcover), Murphy

by Jim Murphy
| Item # 9780547821832
Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever (Hardcover), Murphy 9780547821832
Format: Hardcover
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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, Blalocks 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"--"The story of the landmark 1944 surgical procedure that repaired the heart of a child with blue baby syndrome--lack of blood oxygen caused by a congenital defect. The team that developed the procedure included a cardiologist and a surgeon, but most of the actual work was done by Vivien Thomas, an African American lab assistant who was frequently mistaken for a janitor"--

Product Information

  • AR Level8.3
  • AR Quiz Number178900
  • AR Quiz Points3
  • AuthorJim Murphy
  • Page Count144
  • ISBN100547821832
  • ISBN139780547821832
  • PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Trade
  • Year Published2015
  • Grade Level5 - 7
  • Type of BookNon-Fiction
  • SubjectEducational: Biology
    Science & technology: general interest (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
    People & places (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: body & health (Children's/YA)
  • ImprintClarion

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