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Tiny stitches : the life of medical pioneer Vivien Thomas

by Hooks, Gwendolyn,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 15 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 92 Thomas
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
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CLP - Hazelwood Children's Non-Fiction Collection qj RD99.H66 2016
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Collection  Children's Non-Fiction Collection
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CLP - Homewood Children's Biographies qj RD99.H66 2016
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Collection  Children's Biographies
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Collection  Children's Biographies
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies qj RD99.H66 2016
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Collection  Children's Biographies
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F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library Juvenile Non-Fiction JUV BIO THOMAS
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Hampton Community Library Juvenile Picture Book MY LEARNING WORLD JPIC HOOKS
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92T THOMAS Hoo
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile Biography J BIO THOMAS
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B THOMAS
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B THOMAS 2016
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Biography j 92 THOMAS
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The life story of Vivien Thomas, an African American surgical technician who developed the first procedure used to perform open-heart surgery on children.

Vivien Thomas's 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 all-white 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 open-heart surgery on a child. Afterward, Dr. Blalock and Dr. Taussig announced their innovative new surgical technique, the Blalock-Taussig 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "* Starred Review* Vivien Thomas (1910-85) combined imagination, skilled dexterity, and hard-won medical knowledge to develop tools and techniques for successful open heart surgery on babies. His life and work are vivid in the pages of this picture book biography, in which Hooks details how his youthful work in fine carpentry, paired with his desire to become a doctor, propelled Thomas in his pursuit of his goals. In addition to the challenges facing any medical researcher, Thomas also endured such obstacles as the economic devastation of the Great Depression, unequal treatment as a black research assistant, the challenge of finding housing in the Jim Crow South, and the failure to be recognized for his monumental contributions to the field of neonatal heart surgery. It is the work Thomas achieved, however, in spite of these enormous challenges, that will pique reader interest as they learn about his design of tiny operating tools and his role guiding surgeons through neonatal operations. Bootman's lifelike watercolor illustrations beautifully and vividly evoke the carpentry shop, research labs, and the auditorium where, years later, Thomas was finally honored for his work and appointed to the faculty at Johns Hopkins. Beyond the crucial message of perseverance and the spotlight on still-prevalent prejudiced attitudes, this middle-grade picture book illuminates the life of a lesser-known man whose innovations continue to be essential to modern medicine.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vivien Thomas had long strived to become a doctor, but after losing his college savings in the stock market crash of 1929, he instead took a job as a research technician at Vanderbilt University. As an African-American, Thomas's title was officially "janitor." Despite persistent racial prejudice, Thomas devised a means to perform open-heart surgery on "blue babies" who were not getting enough oxygen, a procedure that would save the lives of many infants. Hooks writes with vivid detail and immediacy, describing Thomas's anxiety as he coaches Dr. Blalock, the doctor who originally hired him, on performing the first surgery. Bootman's subdued watercolors channel the sobering climate of Depression-era America in a sensitive portrayal of a little-recognized medical pioneer. Ages 7-12. Author's agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. Illustrator's agent: Christine LeBlond, Susan Schulman Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Thomas, Vivien, -- 1910-1985 -- Juvenile literature.
Thomas, Vivien, -- 1910-1985.
Operating room technicians -- Maryland -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American surgeons -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Cardiovascular system -- Surgery -- Juvenile literature.
Operating room technicians.
African American surgeons.
African Americans -- Biography.
Circulatory system -- Surgery.
Operating room technicians -- Maryland -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors Bootman, Colin, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781620141564
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