Thursday, October 13, 2016


What a fascinating book - a look into the lives of three people - Dr. Alfred Blalock, Dr. Helen Taussig, and Vivien Thomas - who created the procedure that saved the lives of blue babies.  What I found particularly interesting - but also a little disappointing - was that the book really focused on Vivien Thomas and the discrimination he faced because he was African American.  I loved that this book exposed the issue and brought his role to light.  I just felt that the title of the book didn't adequately portray the content and its focus on Thomas.  Yes, Blalock and Taussig were discussed as well as the actual research and procedure but Thomas was really the focal point and I wish the title better reflected that.

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