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Sixty-two years ago, a somewhat unlikely duo consisting of a prominent white surgeon and an African-American janitor pioneered an innovative procedure that would save thousands of so-called blue babies’ lives. This companion website to the documentary from PBS’s American Experience series offers additional information and material about both Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, and how their lives changed as a result of this partnership. Visitors are treated to information about the operation, along with some interactive features that allow visitors to try their own hand at saving a blue baby. Visitors should also take a look at the section that provides material about other African-Americans in the field of medicine, including Charles Drew and Daniel Hale Williams. An area titled “Today”, where visitors can learn about the filmmakers, explore an interview with a famous surgeon, and also offer their own feedback on the program, rounds out the site. [KMG]
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Date Issued 2006
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Date of Scout Publication 2006-03-17
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