In 1944 an unprecedented surgical procedure repaired the heart of a child with blue baby syndrome—lack of blood oxygen caused by a congenital defect. This landmark operation opened the way for all types of open heart surgery. The team that developed it 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.
About the Author
Jim Murphy is the author of An American Plague , which received the Sibert Medal and a Newbery Honor and was selected as a National Book Award finalist. His Clarion titles include The Boys' War and other award-winning nonfiction.
Table of Contents
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
Source Notes 103
Picture Credits 123