Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever (Hardcover)

Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved
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"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)

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.

Winner, Notable Books for a Global Society * Horn Book Fanfare List * A Booklist Best Young Adult Book

About the Author

Jim Murphy's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them two Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, the James Madison Book Award, and a National Book Award nomination. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family.

Praise For…

* "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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547821832
ISBN-10: 0547821832
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: December 8th, 2015
Pages: 144
Language: English

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