The Thomas-Taussig-Blalock Shunt: Partners of the Heart

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dc.contributor.advisor Marcum, James Thompson, Erin C.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. en_US 2012
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT The Thomas-Taussig-Blalock Shunt: Partners of the Heart Erin C. Thompson Director: James Marcum, Ph.D. Three individuals played important roles in the development of the surgical procedure to fix the congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, also known as the “blue baby” syndrome. These individuals include a white doctor named Alfred Blalock, a white doctor named Helen Taussig, and a black, or African American, lab technician named Vivien Thomas. In my first chapter, I discuss the history of the tetralogy of Fallot and the setting during which the development of the surgical procedure took place in 1944. In my second chapter, I introduce Thomas and Blalock and describe the beginning of their partnership at Vanderbilt University. In the third chapter, I introduce Helen Taussig and describe how this procedure came about at The Johns Hopkins University. In my final chapter, I discuss the recognition that Thomas eventually received and evaluate the way racial and occupational hierarchies affected Thomas and Blalock’s mutually beneficial 34-year partnership. en_US
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dc.subject Vivien Thomas. en_US
dc.subject Alfred Blalock. en_US
dc.subject Helen Taussig. en_US
dc.subject Tetralogy of Fallot. en_US
dc.subject Racial discrimination. en_US
dc.subject The Blalock-Taussig shunt. en_US
dc.subject Lab technicians. en_US
dc.title The Thomas-Taussig-Blalock Shunt: Partners of the Heart en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Medical Humanities en_US
dc.contributor.schools honors college en_US

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