“I had never seen or examined a defective heart, and what I actually saw defies verbal description except in highly technical terms. I was amazed that some of these patients had survived as long as they had.”  — Vivien Thomas, Partners of the Heart: Vivien Thomas and his Work with Alfred Blalock, p. 81

“Like Something the Lord Made”, the original magazine article written by Katie McCabe that appeared in the August 1989 issue of The Washingtonian. (.pdf file)

“I remember… thinking it was impossible.”

The Vivien Thomas Fund

The History of Heart Medicine at Johns Hopkins

Hopkins Reading Room ( LOTS of information about the heart from Johns Hopkins Hospital)

“This operation is new and our knowledge is advancing rapidly; consequently, much of the following discussion may be subject to radical revision.”  — Dr. Helen Taussig, Congenital Malformations of the Heart, volume 1, p. 553.

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