TINY STITCHES: THE LIFE OF MEDICAL PIONEER VIVIEN THOMAS

ISBN: 9781620141564
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Vivien Thomas's greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer to his dream.

As Dr. Blalock s research assistant, Vivien learned surgical techniques. In 1943, Vivien was asked to help Dr. Helen Taussig find a cure for children with a specific heart defect. After months of experimenting, Vivien developed a procedure that was used for the first successful open-heart surgery on a child. Afterward, Dr. Blalock and Dr. Taussig announced their innovative new surgical technique, the Blalock-Taussig shunt. Vivien s name did not appear in the report.

Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine children s heart surgery. Tiny Stitches is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine."

Product details

  • Publisher : Lee & Low Books; Illustrated edition (May 15, 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1620141566
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1620141564
  • Reading age : 7 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure : 920L
  • Grade level : 2 - 6
  • Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 8.8 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
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