Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved Blue Babies and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim MurphyBreakthrough!: How Three People Saved Blue Babies and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy

Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved Blue Babies and Changed Medicine Forever

byJim Murphy

Hardcover | December 8, 2015

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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.
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.
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Title:Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved Blue Babies and Changed Medicine ForeverFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.59 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547821832

ISBN - 13:9780547821832

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* Murphy assembles a complicated set of facts, strip away the inessentials, and tells a memorable, moving story. " -Booklist , STARRED review * "Murphy's dramatic nonfiction narrative recounting of one of the first open heart surgeries ever performed is not to be missed? " - School Library Journal, STARRED review * "Murphy masterfully interweaves discussions of discrimination, the controversy over animal testing, and the background of each protagonist into the main narrative, building tension as he leads up to the surgery itself." -Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "A gripping look at a major medical breakthrough." -Kirkus "[T]he book's clear and concise account offers a compelling picture of all that goes into medical - and societal - advances." -Washington Post "