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Alfred Blalock

Alfred Blalock

Alfred Blalock was a 20th-century American surgeon most noted for his research on the medical condition of shock and for the development of the Blalock-Taussig Shunt, a surgical procedure he developed together with surgical technician Vivien Thomas and pediatric cardiologist Helen Taussig to relieve the cyanosis from Tetralogy of Fallot—known commonly as the blue baby syndrome. That operation ushered in the modern era of cardiac surgery. Blalock worked at both Vanderbilt University and the Johns Hopkins University, in which he both studied as an undergrad and worked as chief of surgery. He is known as a medical pioneer and won various awards, including the Baltimore “Man of the year” i ... more on Wikipedia

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