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

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Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of ...

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Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of research, and the exhilaration and rewards of discovery.

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.

Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig, and Vivien Thomas includes more than 30 color photographs and four-color line illustrations, a chronology, a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Trailblazers in Science and Technology is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides a factual look at the lives and accomplishments of prominent scientists.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Three Beginnings 1

A Strict Upbringing 1

Rocky Start 2

The Laboratory Beckons 4

A Change of Direction 5

Research on Shock Begins 7

Forced Vacation 9

A Struggle with Reading 11

Dissecting a Heart 12

The First Women Doctors 14

"On the Same Terms as Men" 15

Hopes Deferred 17

2 Lifesaving Research 19

Groundbreaking Discovery 19

A Job Opens Up 20

Mutual Respect 21

A Pivotal Year 23

New Experiments on Shock 24

Only a Janitor 25

Blood Goes to War 26

A Single Mind 28

Listening Hands 30

Born with Bad Hearts 32

3 Chief of Surgery 35

A Quartet of Defects 35

Closing and Opening 39

A Fateful Decision 41

Robert E, Gross (1905-1988): Pioneering Children's Heart Surgeon 42

Challenging Stereotypes 44

Crush Syndrome 48

4 Blue Babies 50

A New Operation 50

Conflicting Stories 51

Early Heart Surgery 52

Making It Happen 53

A Sickly Baby 54

Historic Surgery 56

Fame and Stress 68

The Birth of Cardiac Surgery 60

5 Royal Progress 61

A Surgical Power 61

Signs of Strain 64

"Something the Lord Made" 65

Tense Negotiations 66

Animals in Research 67

Packed Lecture Halls 69

Honors for Taussig 70

6 Heart Surgery Comes of Age 72

Thunder and Lightning 72

Open-Heart Surgery 75

The Heart-Lung Machine 76

Training with Vivien 78

Heights and Depths 79

7 Late Honors 82

Seal Limbs 82

Preventing a Disaster 85

A Lifesaving Device 87

Hormone Disruptors 88

All-too-short Retirement 90

Staying On 92

Hanging Together 94

Recognition at Last 97

A Long Life 98

Conclusion 102

Chronology 105

Glossary 112

Further Resources 116

Index 122

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