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U.S. History Topics » Famous People » Inventors

Partners of the Heart

is the website for a film about two men who, in 1944, pioneered a procedure that would save the lives of thousands of "blue babies." One of the men, Alfred Blalock, was a prominent white surgeon. The other, Vivien Thomas, was an African American with a high school education. Blalock recognized Thomas' talents when the younger man inquired about a janitor's job at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Thomas went on to train two generations of the country's premier heart surgeons. (WBGH, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Now you can enter the operating room and don surgeon's scrubs. You'll have the same set of tools used by the original Hopkins surgical team.

You be the surgeon

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Science »  Life Sciences »  Medicine
U.S. History Topics »  Ethnic Groups »  African Americans
U.S. History Topics »  Famous People »  Scientists

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