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ACHT November 18, 2020 movie discussion night
By David H Levien
Posted on 10/23/2020 2:36 PM
Watch Something The Lord MADE  This month's movie for discussion night can be watched for free on YouTube. It will be discussed live from 5-6 pm eastern on Wednesday, November 18 and 
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Alfred Blalock (1899-1964), a heart surgeon leaves Vanderbilt for Johns Hopkins bringing his tech, Vivien Thomas. Thomas, an African-American without a college degree, is gifted. In 1941, Blalock and Thomas pioneer in the surgical treatment of blue babies. In spite of Jim Crow and the prevailing customs in Baltimore, Blalock brings Thomas into the surgery to advise him, but when favorable publicity ensues, Thomas is left out. Ultimately, Thomas' portrait finds its proper place. According to Wikipedia:

"Vivien Theodore Thomas (August 29, 1910[1] – November 26, 1985)[2] was an American laboratory supervisor who developed a procedure used to treat blue baby syndrome (now known as cyanotic heart disease) in the 1940s.[3] He was the assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock in Blalock's experimental animal laboratory at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He served as supervisor of the surgical laboratories at Johns Hopkins for 35 years. In 1976 Hopkins awarded him an honorary doctorate and named him an instructor of surgery for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.[3] Without any education past high school, Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons.

PBS documentary Partners of the Heart,[4] was broadcast in 2003 on PBS's American Experience. In the 2004 HBO movie, Something the Lord Made, Vivien Thomas was portrayed by Mos Def".


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