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Vivien Thomas in the Lab


Riki Rager

The movie "Something the Lord Made" is the story about this remarkable man. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this fascinating history.

2013-10-08 15:21:12

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Vivien Thomas in the Lab




One of possibly two known images of Vivien Thomas at Vanderbilt. Thomas came to work for Vanderbilt Medical School with the job title of assistant janitor, but quickly became a skilled surgical technician and brilliant researcher. In 1940, when Johns Hopkins recruited Dr. Alfred Blalock as the new chair of their surgery department, Blalock insisted that Thomas go with him. Several years later, Blalock, Thomas, and Dr. Helen Taussig pioneered at Hopkins the first surgical therapy for blue baby syndrome.

Here Thomas is shown in the experimental surgery lab. Browse related items



Joseph Beard


Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections


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