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Breakthrough! How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" And Changed Medicine Forever

ISBN-10: 0358094259
ISBN-13: 9780358094258
Author: Murphy, Jim
Interest Level: 4-7
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: November 2019

Copyright: 2015

Page Count: 144

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Interest Level

Grades 4-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z+
Lexile: 1170L
Accelerated Reader Level: 8.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 3.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Anatomy & Physiology

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century

JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

In 1944 an unprecedented surgical procedure repaired the heart of a child with blue baby syndrome-lack of blood oxygen caused by a congenital defect. This landmark operation opened the way for all types of open heart surgery.The team that developed it included a cardiologist and a surgeon, but most of the actual work was done by Vivien Thomas, an African American lab assistant who was frequently mistaken for a janitor.
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