Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas - Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman

Although he designed an open-heart surgical procedure for infants and children, Vivien Thomas had to instruct Dr. Alfred Blalock from a stool as Blalock performed the operation. Thomas had dreamed of becoming a doctor, but it was 1944 and he was African American. Instead, Thomas worked as Blalock’s research technician. After their move to Johns Hopkins, Blalock asked Thomas to investigate how to save “blue babies,” infants who were born with a fatal heart defect that made their skin look bluish. In addition to adapting a procedure that he and Blalock had perfected, Thomas created a needle short enough to perform the delicate surgery requiring Tiny Stitches (Lee and Low, $17.95). Author Gwendolyn Hooks and illustrator Colin Bootman relate the inspiring true story of a medical pioneer who faced racism head-on to save thousands of lives. Ages 7-10.

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620141564
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 15th, 2016

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