Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

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By Gwendolyn Hooks
Publisher Lee & Low Books
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
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Vivien Thomass greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the allwhite school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer to his dream.As Dr. Blalock s research assistant, Vivien learned surgical techniques. In 1943, Vivien was asked to help Dr. Helen Taussig find a cure for children with a specific heart defect. After months of experimenting, Vivien developed a procedure that was used for the first successful openheart surgery on a child. Afterward, Dr. Blalock and Dr. Taussig announced their innovative new surgical technique, the BlalockTaussig shunt. Vivien s name did not appear in the report.Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine children s heart surgery. Tiny Stitches is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine.

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1893 words1,893 words
32 pages32 pages
Lexile 920LLexile 920L
Grade 3 to 5Grade 3 to 5
Age 8-10Age 8-10
Published 2016Published 2016

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