Posts Tagged ‘Blue Babies’

Introducing Helen Taussig, M.D.

September 16, 2009

If you’ve checked out the ABOUT THE AUTHOR page in the blogroll, you’ll see that I construct my own action figures. I’m not that skilled – don’t imagine me actually pouring a mold, letting it cool, and then assembling the parts into a body. What I do is take an existing figure and through the use of new clothes and small alterations, I make that figure into a new action figure.

Here’s an 11 inch tall figure of Dr. Helen Taussig that I created for an Adult Congenital Heart Association silent auction in 2008. I invested about $40 in the base figure, clothes, and accessories; she sold for $100! I’d love to make another one, but I haven’t been able to find that base figure since. I think it has been discontinued. It may be for the best – there was only one Helen Taussig!

Question: I usually try to be as accurate as possible, but I intentionally created an error on the Taussig figure. Can you spot it? (Answer below the photographs)



Answer: The Taussig doll has her hearing aid in the wrong ear. The figure’s hairstyle naturally exposes her left ear, which would make the hearing aid placement more visable. The real Dr. Taussig wore her hearing aid in her right ear.